No space left in high schools for 2014

Nadira Pather is one of many parents who cannot find space at a nearby high school for her child. “We applied to a local high school and it was already full,” said Pather. Linda Evans has been a school uniform stockist in the Randburg area for the past 35 years. “I have been inundated with requests from parents moving into the area,” said Evans. “They want to know where they can send their children as all the schools are overflowing. I retail uniform for private and government schools, so I chat to parents on a daily basis about this problem. Another area is badly in need of another school is Ruimsig.”

Deputy headmaster of Hoërskool Randburg Tony Knoetze said pupils applying to the school had to speak Afrikaans as a home language. “Should anyone have any difficulties applying to a school, the best thing is to try out other schools in the surrounding areas, or contact the education department,” said Knoetze.

In response to the matter, head of communication of the Gauteng Department of Education Gershwin Chuenyane said the new school in North Riding would accommodate anyone who has had difficulty getting into a school. “Other schools that are over-subscribed for 2014 will redirect some of the pupils to the new school for relief and in order to maintain their teacher-pupil ratio,” said Chuenyane.

The new school would be able to accommodate at least 840 pupils with an average of 35 pupils per class. “The scope will also include a complete administration block, two laboratories, media centre, computer room and various storage facilities,” added Chuenyane. The new school only opens in January 2014 as it is still under construction.

Details: Gershwin Chaunyane 011-355-1530,

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