He said the ANCYL would engage with the Congress of SA Students to “undergo a process of identifying the pupils who do not have access to schools, and will be placing them in private schools and instructing the schools to send their invoices to the office of the education MEC.”
Maduna said 1,465 young people had not been placed in schools as a result of space not being available, and 866 appeals have been lodged by parents who were not satisfied with the schools in which their children were placed.
He said the department’s online application system, launched in 2016, has over the past five years deprived some young people of an opportunity to access their right to equal education.
“The system has further enrolled young people to schools far from where they stay, with parents having to struggle with the extra cost of transport on top of the challenges they already face, which leads to pupils missing school days. We call on the Gauteng education department to be liable for transportation costs of pupils placed in schools that are more 10km away from their place of residence.”