More than 34,500 pupils are yet to be placed in Gauteng public schools for the 2020 academic year.
This was revealed by Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi at a media briefing in Johannesburg on Monday. Lesufi said 21,000 of those currently without spaces are Grade 8 pupils while 13,000 are Grade 1s.
The MEC said even though there's still pupils yet to be placed, the province has already successfully placed 85% of all legitimate applications received for the 2020 academic year. Gauteng received 282,000 legitimate applications with all relevant documentation submitted, and has placed 241,000 already, Lesufi said.