Lesufi responds after siblings stage sit-in at Northcliff High School

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has responded to a tweet claiming two pupils have been denied enrolment at Northcliff High School.

Mojalefa Letswalo (14) and his sister Modjadji (13) are holding a sit-in at the varsity after being denied enrolment.

The siblings are protesting in opposition to a system glitch stopping them from attending lessons.

A tweet by the Blessing Ramaoba, President of Mining Forum of South Africa (MFSA), claims that the Letswalo siblings weren’t allowed to check at Northcliff High as a result of their dad and mom are at present unemployed.

“It’s reported that they wake up every morning to go to school and study outside the school. Please retweet until the department of education intervenes,” tweeted Ramaoba.

Lesufi responds to tweet

Lesufi responded to the tweet by Ramoba by stating the youngsters have been provided a spot in one other college.

“We offered an alternative school for the kids. Unfortunately the family declined the offer and wanted the learners to be admitted at a school with almost 453 learners on the waiting list,” he tweeted.

Lesufi mentioned the division will proceed to facilitate help to the household.

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Children not positioned at college

Northcliff High School principal Walter Essex-Clark, in a letter despatched to folks of the varsity, mentioned the Letswalo siblings usually are not at present enrolled at the varsity.

“The children were placed in grade 8 at Ferndale High School by the Department of Education at the beginning of the year. The parent refused to take the children to Ferndale High and as an act of defiance, she dressed her children in the Northcliff High uniform and arrived at Northcliff at the start of Term 2. Through her actions, she is denying her children their grade 8 education,” mentioned Essex-Clark.

The principal mentioned the youngsters haven’t been refused admission to Northcliff High based mostly on the mother or father’s capacity to pay charges, however moderately the results of their position on the net admissions system.

“Simply put, there were many learners ahead of her children who qualified for admission before the school reached capacity. The Department of Education has given the instruction that the parent is not to be allowed onto the school premises,” he mentioned.

Essex-Clark mentioned the Gauteng Education Department is coping with the matter and that the varsity will solely be taking directions from the division.

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