Update on the 2018 State of Readiness


The Northern Cape Department of Education is working around the clock to place the outstanding 869 learners, seeking placement at public ordinary schools in the Frances Baard and John Toalo Gaetsewe Districts, where we are experiencing the highest learner enrolment. This number in itself, has dropped significantly since December 2017, from 1519 learner to 869 learners in need of placement.


We have identified two centres, the Frances Baard District Office and the John Toalo Gaetsewe District Offices to assist parents with the placement of learners. These centres have commenced with there operation on the 15th of January 2018. This was specifically done to curb the unnecessary loss of valuable teaching and learning time at our schools.


Departmental officials will visit various schools tomorrow to do a head count of learners at the "hotspot" schools and to determine the number of spaces still available. Our immediate focus is to place learners that have applied last year. We will only be able to attend to late admissions that were received during this year, by next week. 


We can confirm that we have no longer spaces available for Grade R learners in our public ordinary schools and we encourage parents to enrol their children at community based sites. For the Grade 1 and Grade 8 learner admissions, however the department will be able accommodate learners at a school where space is available. We appeal to parents to assist us with the speedily placement of their children.


The MEC for Education, Ms Martha Bartlett, accompanied by the Head of Department, Mr Pharasi visited the Frances Baard District Office yesterday to assess the effectiveness of the operational centre.


As part of the reopening of schools programme on Wednesday, 17 January 2018, the following schools will be visited by MEC Martha Bartlett in Kimberley:

07:30 - Newton Primary School

09:00 - Northern Cape High School