By Khume Ramulifho MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education:
In a reply to DA questions regarding textbooks and LTSM readiness for 2016, the Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, indicated that there are 25 000 learners waiting to be placed in schools across the province.
The DA urges the department of education in Gauteng to finalise learner placements ahead of the 2016 academic year. This will enable parents to buy uniforms, budget accordingly and ensure they have properly planned for the school year.
Parents who have not applied have an opportunity to do so before the end of November this year.
The DA appeals to all parents to use this window period to find placement for their children. This will ensure that teaching and learning will start on Day One in 2016.
By finding place for their children, parents are contributing to strengthening monitoring and planning ahead of the academic year – as schools will be able to procure the necessary amounts of learning materials and resources.
The department must provide furniture, textbooks and employ more teachers before the commencement of the academic year. We must avoid situations where learners sit on buckets and paint cans due to lack of furniture.
Quality education will only be possible where a teaching and learning environment exists that is conducive to nurturing well-educated global citizens.