By Katlego Legodi
The 2019 academic year kicked off in the province this morning, but some children are without schools to attend.
Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi is pleading with parents whose children are yet to placed in a school to avoid walk-ins. Scores of parents from the greater Alexandra township gathered at the Iphutheng primary school in search of placements for their children. A devastating shack fire ripped through the Greenville informal settlement in Alex last month destroying more than 700 homes. Residents lost most of their belongings including important documents such as birth certificates and ID needed to place their children in schools.
Lesufi says parents who are still looking for placements for their children should rather visit the local district office. “Don’t go to our schools, go to the district offices,” said Lesufi during a media briefing in Johannesburg yesterday on the department’s state of readiness for back to school 2019. But Greenville residents are frustrated with the slow pace of district officials in attending to their requests. One resident spoke to Kaya 959 News saying: “They promised to help us, but it’s quiet now. So what about us because we lost everything in the fire and our kids have to go to school.”