The Gauteng Department of Education informs the public that a total number of 228 050 (80.63 per cent) learners have been placed in all public schools as of October 22.
Out of the said figure, a total number of 123 548 Grade One and 104 502 Grade Eight learners have been placed.
Gauteng Department of Education’s spokesperson Steve Mabona said it must be noted that a total of 54 773 or 19.37 per cent learners have not been placed, which includes 25 913 Grade One and 28 860 Grade Eight learners.
“The department is working tirelessly to ensure that all unplaced learners who applied during the application period are placed by October 31.
“We appeal to parents who have not yet submitted required documents to immediately visit their nearest district office for necessary submission.
“It must be emphasised that failure to submit required documents will hinder the process of placing all affected learners.”
Mabona said all unplaced learners will be offered placement at schools with available space. Regrettably, it might not be at their school of choice.
“The department has a total of about 2 013 public ordinary schools that offer Grade One and Eight. It must be noted that most of these schools received applications beyond their school capacity.
“To date, more than 440 schools have unfortunately reached capacity, and we will not overcrowd them.”
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, said: “We appeal to parents not to despair as we are working around the clock to ensure that all learners are placed.”