Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has given the assurance that the issue of learner placements will be resolved by the end of this month or mid-February.

His assurance comes as schools across the country reopen Tuesday.

Nearly 30 000 learners are yet to be placed at the Gauteng’s public schools.

Lesufi explains the backlog in the placement of learners.

“Basically, the end of January and mid-February we would have placed all our children. The last chance that we are having which is almost 75% is parents that have applied on time but unfortunately their first preference those schools are full. So instead of taking their second choice or their third choices they are refusing so they are now holding those two choices open but they are not filling them.”

“If we can sort those, we believe that we can reduce that number substantially. The two remaining second and third choices are open so we can’t fill them as a department because we are waiting for those parents to make a choice then it opens another space for another parent that is on the waiting list,” says Lesufi.

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