The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng has called on the Gauteng Department of Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi to open the online admission for the 2022 academic year in April this year.
DA Gauteng shadow MEC for education Khume Ramulifho said moving the online admission earlier will provide parents with parental choice to select the schools they want for their children, and ensure they have enough time in doing so. It will also afford the department enough time to plan and ensure that all learners are allocated schools before the start of the 2022 academic year.
Ramulifho said the online admission must be used to assist the department with planning and budget allocation.
“Currently, there are more than 600 learners who have not yet been allocated schools. These learners are dangerously falling behind in the curriculum and have been denied their right to access to basic education,” said Ramulifho.
Ramulifho said the department has failed to use the online application system to plan for placement for the 2021 academic year, as the process was done very late.
Further to this, he said the department failed to spend more than R1.3 billion in the 2019/20 financial year.
“This money could have been used to build more new schools in high demand areas where there are new housing developments, and help ease classroom overcrowding in existing schools,” he said.
Ramulifho said the department must provide the necessary resources to schools before the start of the 2022 academic year, so that learning, and teaching will not be disrupted like it has in years before.
“The finalisation of all placements should be concluded in October this year,” said Ramulifho.