Gauteng ready for the 2020 academic year
Gauteng Premier David Makhura, accompanied by members of the Executive Council, will on Wednesday, 15 January 2020, visit various schools across the province to ensure that the first day of the academic year, gets underway without any glitches.
They will assess conditions in each of the schools to which they are deployed, as well as consult with communities on education related matters. In addition, for the first time, they will also asses Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre's, as this function has been migrated from the Department of Social Development to the Department of Education.
One of the schools that will be visited is the newly constructed, Noorgisig Primary School, Johannesburg North District.
"This is an important milestone, as the school is among our newly designed and constructed mega school infrastructure, aimed at improving the quality of education in township schools. The school is a green technology infrastructure, which boasts state of the art facilities such as 6 classrooms per Grade (42), a Grade R block with 4 classrooms, 2 smart science labs, 2 smart multi-purpose rooms, dining hall and many more, at a cost of R 110 307 607.30", said MEC Lesufi.
Premier Makhura noted that more focus will be given to basic education in the province, in a bid to eliminate the problem of underperforming high schools and deal with the backlog of primary schools.
"We will provide major support programmes and efforts on our primary schools and Early Childhood Development," said Premier Makhura.
The Gauteng Department of Education continues to call on parents to take advantage of the late registration period which opens from Wednesday, 15 January to Friday, 24 January 2020.
Only schools with capacity will be availed in the system during this period. Applicants will provisionally be placed, until they submit documents to the school accordingly. No objections or appeals will be entertained.