Schools: hurry up and wait
STAFF REPORTER | 2017-02-10 07:03:03.0
Most of South Africa’s children are not doing well in mathematics and science.
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The Gauteng department of education is struggling to place all pupils in government schools, and exam markers still waiting for their cash have a few more days to wait.
The department said yesterday that the number of unplaced pupils who applied online has been substantially reduced to 377. All these pupils would be placed by the end of the week.
“On the other hand, the department received 19536 new applications in January 2017. So far, 15,657 learners have been placed in a space of two weeks leaving a balance of 3,879 unplaced learners.”
The department said it was satisfied with the progress.
“More effort will be directed to placing all unplaced learners.”
Commenting on the money owed to exam markers, the department said that, following approval by the provincial treasury, it had processed payment of the balance owed to exam markers. It anticipated the final payments would be made in five working days.