The Gauteng Department of Education says it is investing over R240 million for the construction of new classrooms.
The department says 270 000 learners who applied for Grade 1 and 8 admissions this year have been successfully placed.
However 1 400 applicants have not been placed.
Gauteng education spokesperson Steve Mabona says: “To deal with the pressure of placement in high pressure districts, the Gauteng Department of Education is investing in more classrooms.
We have transferred over R240 million to schools for the construction of classrooms. These funds will enable the construction of 229 classrooms in identified primary schools and 270 classrooms in identified high schools.”
Meanwhile, the Department of Basic Education has announced that a staggered calendar will be followed for schools opening in 2022.
— Dep. Basic Education (@DBE_SA) January 1, 2022
Pupils in the inland provinces of Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North West will be the first to go back to school on Wednesday, 12 January 2022.
While learners in the coastal provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Northern Cape will return exactly a week later on 19 January.
— Gauteng Department of Education (@EducationGP1) January 3, 2022