The number of pupils who are still without placement is now in the hundreds and this is a serious concern. Executive director of the Equal Education Law Centre, Tshegofatso Phala spoke with eNCA's Rofhiwa Madzena about the situation. Courtesy of #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - A permanent solution is needed to tackle the issue of school placements that persists year in and year out, despite authorities saying they know what causes the problem.
This according to Tshegofatso Phala from Equal Education.
Phala says she fears that more children have been left stranded than what current numbers reflect.
She said: "We know the digital divide in SA, not all parents are able to access the internet.
"Just Gauteng stats are around 17,000 unsuccessful placements, that means its parents who actually took an initiative, tried to apply and either had missing documents, didn't understand what's happening and on top of that we'll have more parents who are unaccounted for and arrive at a school on a Wednesday thinking their learners will simply be allowed in and so the online system remains an issue.
"It's created access for some but it's pushed out others and we need to think around ways to capacitate and support parents to be able to access the online system, be able to use it and also other means for parents to apply because we honestly can't just have online applications," she said.