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MORE than 40 children, some of whom missed several months of school, were registered by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) in Wallacedene yesterday.
Last week, the Cape Argus reported that several parents in the area had claimed that schools had turned their children away because classrooms were full.
Officials started enrolling children at Enkululekweni Primary from 10am yesterday. Four hours later, parents were still arriving with their children.
District director Dr Heinie Brand said the children would be placed in schools, and where necessary, be assessed by the department.
John Lyners, a deputy director general in the WCED, said schools should report to their districts if they had to turn children away because they were full.
A community leader, who did not want to be named, said the department should have had more than one day of registrations. He said some parents had to work and could not bring their children yesterday.
The Young Communist League’s Psyabelo Roto said a new school was needed in the area or the problem would be repeated in future.
Brand said if more parents arrived this week, Enkululekweni would be asked to fill in a form with their details.
Eric Mbalela, whose daughter Sisipho is supposed to be in Grade 2, said the pain he had felt because his daughter was not in school vanished after she was registered.
Pumla Mqholiwe, who was at the registration point with her daughter Siphosethu and niece Asithandile, said she was ecstatic they had been registered.
Brand said officials would also go to the home of Nora Tafafene to register more children. Tafafene has been schooling about 16 children, who have not been attending formal school, at her home in Wallacedene.