By: Natasha Archary
Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi joined Thomas and Skhumba in the Morning giving an update about Grade 1 & 8 applications which opens Tuesday 10 August.
According to the MEC, 186,000 sms’s were sent to parents of Grade 1 & 8 learners this morning after tests on the online portal were concluded. Parents then follow the link and nominate 5 schools they would prefer their children to go to.
A follow-up sms will be sent to parents to confirm their registration and parents will then have 7 days to submit documents to finalize their applications.
The process will be conducted in two phases and completed in November.
Listen to the MEC’s feedback below:
Meanwhile, there has been criticism over the department’s handling over primary schools returning to full-time learning with many public schools unable to meet the gazetted one-metre social distancing requirement between learners.
Basic Education Minister Angie Mothsekga said that the government is now looking at further reducing this requirement to 0.5 metres to accommodate more learners.
Teachers unions have slammed the proposed change, as they feel they have not been sufficiently consulted.