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The Gauteng MEC for education has made a U-turn on her stance on under-performing schools.
Only two days after threatening to close down 200 under-performing schools in the province, Angie Motshekga yesterday announced that she had changed her mind.
Motshekga said: "We have decided not to close down those schools, but to monitor them and offer them support where they need it."
She said the schools would still need to present to her "turn-around" strategies for this year.
Motshekga again blamed teachers for poor performance in schools, saying many of them had been absent.
Gauteng schools reopen today, but 4000 pupils had not been placed by yesterday.
"We will find those pupils places by the end of January," Motshekga said.
Fears that pupils who failed the grade 11 examinations last year would not be readmitted this year were eased yesterday.
The department had said it was considering sending the pupils back to grade 10 or sending them to adult basic education and training schools.
Motshekga said the department had reconsidered and would instead offer "additional support" to pupils who failed the grade 11 examinations to help them cope with the new curriculum - which compels them to study mathematics.
The Gauteng Education Department said it was expecting more than 300000 new pupils to be admitted to its schools this year.