As another academic year is slowly coming to an end, parents around the Mother City are frustrated as their children who are due to begin Grade 1 or Grade 8 have not been admitted to schools for 2022.
A parent from Lotus River, Monique Currie alleged that her child has been rejected by a total of eight schools, according to Opera News. Monique wrote to the Cape Argus in September and again wrote to the paper on Monday, November 22, further reports IOL.
Currie expressed that there has not been any progress on her son’s Grade 8, 2022 high school placement as per IOL. She received an email from the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) in the Mitchells Plain district, but she had no luck after she was referred to another person who still has not given her any feedback.
Meanwhile, parents for Equal Education SA express that parents are not only frustrated but desperate. The group further confirmed that there will be thousands of unplaced learners in the Western Cape.
Parents are urged to apply to at least five schools online via the WCED admission portal. Once the deadline is reached, applications are reviewed and feedback is given to parents regarding whether their child was accepted or if a school is what they call”oversubscribed” – another meaning of rejected.
Currie followed the WCED online application and applied to at least eight schools instead of five and still, her son was rejected. WCED spokesperson Bronagh Hammond said the WCED is currently still in the process of completing placements for 2022.