Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Eric Malema/African News Agency (ANA)
Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Eric Malema/African News Agency (ANA)

Curro says enrolment is subject to criteria after GDE places learners

By ANA Reporter Time of article published Jan 15, 2020

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Durban - Independent school operator Curro said on Wednesday that while it supported the Gauteng Education Department's efforts to place all learners in schools, enrolments in its network of private schools would be subject to Curro's internal criteria.

"Our discussion was subject to Grade 1 and 8 enrolments only in certain specified areas where the GDE had capacity challenges," said the group in a statement.

Should the discussions surrounding placements come to fruition, it said, enrolments remained subject to Curro's internal criteria, and placements "would only be available at selected schools that have space".

"Fees remain in place and aligned to our business model, not to that of public school fees." 

The company said it valued its relationship with the Gauteng Education department, which approached it regarding potential assistance with "capacity challenges" at public schools, given Curro's footprint in the province. 

"It is important to note that most of the learners in Gauteng were placed by the GDE and we were only approached to assist with limited placements in specific areas where capacity issues exist."  

By assisting the Gauteng education department with 2020 placements, Curro hoped to support the department in meeting its mandate and to help ensure that no child was prevented from accessing education within the province, it said. 

"The group wishes to reassure existing parents that Curro’s values and business model remain in place to retain the integrity of its offering to our stakeholders."

Curro Holdings is South Africa’s largest JSE-listed independent school operator.

African News Agency (ANA)

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