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Halfway through the year, 450 pupils remain unplaced in the Western Cape

The department has vowed that each school where the 450 pupils get placed would be assisted with catch-up plans.
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As the school year reaches the halfway mark, placement woes still plague the Western Cape Education Department, which is scrambling to accommodate 450 unplaced pupils.

The department has to accommodate pupils who had relocated to the province, and the placement list did not solely include pupils who had been waiting for a place since the beginning of the year.

The number of pupils increased from 16285 to 18285 pupils this year.

According to Education spokesperson Bronagh Hammond said: “The pupils are mainly pupils that have been in schools, but have requested admission in different areas in the province due to relocation.

“In many relocation cases, we cannot accede to the parents’ requests for a specific school in the area, as many of these schools are currently full.

“In some cases, pupils relocate to areas of demand.

“If the number of pupils is high in a certain area, then we are able to procure a mobile classroom, in consultation with a school.

“The department is currently erecting dozens of mobiles to alleviate shortages in these areas.

“This will then be able to assist with the current figure.”

The department has vowed that each school where the 450 pupils get placed would be assisted with catch-up plans.

Hammond said the success of the catch-up programmes had been seen in Mfuleni, where more than 1000 pupils in grades 1 to 11 were placed under a platoon system in mid-February.

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