Thousands of Gauteng pupils not in school: Education MEC must act

Khume Ramulifho MPL

Spokesperson on Education

The DA will be writing to Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy to request that she urgently outline her department’s plans to ensure every child of compulsory schooling age is placed in a school and attends class.

In addition to the numerous requests for assistance that I have received from parents who cannot get their children placed in schools across the province, data shows Gauteng has a staggering number of children aged 7 – 15 who are not attending school.

It is compulsory by law for children this age to attend school, but the most recent statistics show that in 2011 more than 50 000 children of compulsory school going age in Gauteng were not attending a school.

This means 50 000 children were not in class and were not being equipped with the necessary skills and training to get ahead in life.

The greatest tragedy is the 15 000 children in the crucial foundation phase who were missing out in the building blocks to a better life.

Thousands of children not in school is not just a tragedy, it is a crisis.

MEC Creecy must outline her plan of action to address this crisis and give hope to the thousands of parents and children who are not finding places in schools or missing out on a decent education because of other obstacles.