Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the number of unplaced learners in the province has been eliminated to zero.

The MEC announced this on Tuesday, 28 February 2017, in a statement to elaborate on some of the key education themes addressed by Premier David Makhura in the State of the Province Address (SOPA).

At the beginning of the year, the Gauteng Department of Education was faced with a challenge of having to place about 35,000 learners who were not placed in schools in the province.

“The department worked hard and had placed a substantial number of both learners that had applied online and those that applied for the first time in January, within two weeks in January 2017.”

This after the department introduced the online admission system to ensure equity, eliminate queues at schools and provide accurate and timely information to enable planning.

The MEC said the campaign has been a relative success with some challenges.

“A substantial number of learners, around 80%, were placed by August 2016. This enabled the department to plan around the provision of Learning and Teaching Support Material (LTSM); educators; classrooms and infrastructure; as well as school furniture.”

He said a further 19,000 new applications were received through the 62 walk-in centres that the department had set up in January 2017.

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