A total of around 11 200 Western Cape pupils still need to be placed in public schools, says Education MEC Debbie Schafer.
Schafer says 3 200 grade 1 pupils and 4 400 grade 8 pupils must be be placed into for the 2018 academic year.
We are frantically trying to find places for them.— Debbie Schafer, Western Cape Education MEC
According to Schafer, most of the pupils applied for placement on time but their preferred areas are not available.
She says that there is a high demand for placement in metropolitan areas.
Take a listen to her explain the situation and the readiness of the Education Department: