The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has launched a final plea for parents to ensure their children have been enrolled at a school or risk exclusion from the 2016 academic year. The department has made several calls throughout the year in order to get parents to be more proactive, but many have still delayed their registration to the final throes of the current year.
With schools set to close on the 10th December for the end-of-year holiday period, MEC Debbie Schafer said it was imperative parents ensure their child or children secured a place in a school before year-end.
“There will not be an ability to check any progress of an application with the schools, and obviously it is important for our preparations that we know how many children are going to be in each particular school so that we can make the appropriate plans for them,” she stressed.
She warned that it was highly unlikely latecomers would be able to find places available at their preferred school of choice, but all learners would be accommodated nonetheless.
Schafer said the situation was likely to put extra strain on WCED staff and officials who would need to run around and negotiate with schools that may already be full to take on extra learners.
“If necessary we may even have to add on additional classrooms, bring in mobile classrooms which all take time. It’s a huge operation we embark on at the beginning of each year and we really need all parents to cooperate with us,” she said.
Parents unsure of the processes and documentation needed to complete the registration have been advised to approach their nearest district office for assistance. The list of office details can be found at http://wced.pgwc.gov.za/branchIDC/Districts/Districts.html. VOC