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Lesufi Says All Has Been Done To Ensure That A Smooth Start To The First Day Of School

MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi has confirmed that Schools in Gauteng reopens tomorrow, 9 January 2019, saying that all has been done to ensure that a smooth start to the first day of school and that learning and teaching will commence without any disruptions.

On Tuesday Lesufi briefed members of the media regarding the admissions in public schools including the Gauteng Department Of Education’s state of readiness for the 2019 academic year and the 2018 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examination Results.

During the briefing, Lesufi stated that the Premier David Makhura along with MEC for Infrastructure Development Jacob Mamabolo will on Wednesday hand over the newly constructed Menzi Primary School in Tsakane, Ekurhulen.

“This is an important milestone, as the school is among our newly designed and constructed mega school infrastructure, aimed at improving the quality of education in township schools,”

“The school is a green technology infrastructure, which boasts state of the facilities such as 33 start classrooms, a Grade R bloc with 5 classrooms, 2 smart science labs, 2 smart multi -purpose rooms ,library, dining hall and many more at cost of R105 508 403,” said Lesufi.

He also emphasised that due to the demand for space in Gauteng schools, the department is pleased to announce that the Tshepisong, Mayfield and Centurion Primary School will also be opened this month of  January to address demands in high pressures areas.

Lesufi added that, Members of the Executive Council (MECs) will be deployed to various schools across the province to oversee the  smooth running of the first day of school. they will assess conditions in each of the schools to which they are deployed as well as consulting with communities on education related matters.

On issues of admission and placement, the department has applauded parents who applied on time for Grade 1 and 8 online admission for 2019. the department received  a total of 282 82 3 early application for the 2019 academic year, and 266 6213 (94.3%) are placed, whereas 16 210(5.7%) applicants have not responded to offers or calls to submit required documents.

Based on the statement issued by the department, a late online applications process were opened on 28 November 2018, with only 1068 schools available for application. while a total of 945 of 2013 schools with grade 1 and 8 entry grades reached capacity and were no longer available for any further late applications.

The statement state that, On 7th of January 2019, a total of 205 schools reached cape city, and 863 schools still have available spaces for immediate placement. The department received a total of 24 228 late appellations, and of those 19803 apples by 15 December 2018, while 2402 applied during School holidays.

“We have successfully placed 8090 (33.4%) who have submitted documents, while 16138 (66.6%) are provisionally placed and will be finalised when documents are submitted. parents are urged to submit the required documents to finalise placements,” said the department on a statement.

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