"I am not employed by the Gauteng education department. I am employed by the ANC and when the ANC deploys me I will go," Gauteng MEC for education Angie Motshekga said yesterday when asked why she had not attended the Council of Education Ministry.
On Monday Motshekga failed to attend the meeting but instead went to the supreme court of appeal in Bloemfontein for ANC president Jacob Zuma's case.
"The meeting was important and I would have loved to attend. I had to go on another assignment," said Motshekga, who is also the president of the ANC Women's League.
But in her briefing yesterday, she said the department was prepared for the late registration rush when schools open tomorrow.
"By Friday we will have placed all the learners who registered late. In some schools we will have an increase in the teacher-learner ratio."
She also announced that 13 new schools will be opened tomorrow.
"By the end of February we will have three more and another eight in March."
This year 29 schools will be opened, while 542 171 pupils will benefit from the feeding scheme and 42000 will be bussed to schools.
Motshekga said that by tomorrow 99 percent of teacher support material and 100 percent of the stationery willhave been delivered to schools.