Growing concern over placements at Gauteng schools

Frustration over securing places at Gauteng schools seems to be growing.

JOHANNESBURG - There are concerns over the Gauteng Education Department's plans to increase the number of pupils in some classes.

It's doing this to accommodate children that still need to be placed for next year.

The department is in consultation with all the schools in the province to increase classroom capacity to accommodate the pupils who still need to be placed for 2020.

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Some schools, like Benoni High, Crystal Park High and Parklands High, have already stepped in, taking more than 50 extra pupils each. 

The department says this has helped cut the list of children waiting to be placed from over 14,600 to about 12,000.

"Our schools are in demand and parents are angry at us. They very anxious so we want to finalise the process, said department spokesperson Steve Mabona.

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But some parents are worried about what it will mean to increase classroom sizes.

The department is also looking into adding mobile classrooms at some schools to help make sure all children have a place to learn next year.