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Parents on waiting lists after queuing for hours outside Gauteng DoE

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Parents on waiting lists after queuing for hours outside Gauteng DoE

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10th January 2017

By: African News Agency

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After waiting in queues since 7am on Tuesday morning, at the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) offices in Johannesburg, some parents have been told their children might only be placed at a school in the coming week.

“I was told that my child is on a waiting list for any school that has space for grade eight. They said I will receive an SMS maybe by Monday, letting me know which school is available,” said a mother who was assisted at around 11am after being at the GDE since 7am.

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Parents who missed the online deadline and those who experienced technical difficulties have been anxiously queuing inside and outside the offices of the GDE in the hope of getting their children placed in schools before opening day.

Schools in Gauteng open on Wednesday.

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“They confirmed that my child was on the system for the school in Westonaria, they tried to call the school but they are not answering. I was told to take my child to the school tomorrow and come back to the department if the school refuses to take him because the system shows that he is accepted,” said another mother who was turned back by a school despite the system saying he had been accepted.

In 2016, the GDE introduced online registration for learners going to grade one and grade eight.

MEC for education, Panyaza Lesufi, on Monday said those who had made late applications were not likely to get places before March.

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