Learners missing out on 1st month of school

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Free State Department of Education Spokesperson, Howard Ndaba.

The Free State Department of Education admits that, as the first month of the 2017 academic year draws to an end, there are still some learners who have not been placed at schools.

The Departmental spokesperson, Howard Ndaba, says the influx of learners from other provinces seeking admission in the province is contributing to the problem.

He says the Free State Department of Education has proved to be one of the best provinces in terms of the delivery of education services, and this has attracted a number of learners seeking placement in the province.

He alludes that the department is currently in talks with parents who have been presenting themselves at the district offices in Bloemfontein to find practical solutions.

“We are still negotiating with them, but we can say we have made progress in terms of admissions. We have also identified a phenomenon of people coming from other provinces to our province, because of the way we are performing as a province”.

Ndaba says although there are some parents who are still presenting themselves at the district offices in Bloemfontein looking for school placements, the majority of them have been assisted.

He says the department is working on plans to ensure that learners who have missed classes, are brought up to speed. He says it is however still difficult to indicate how many learners still need to be placed.

Katleho Morapela/ Courant News

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