21 April 2019


Government pleased with response to learner registration campaign


Nthusang Lefafa


23 September 2016

With only a week to go before the learner registration period for 2017 closes, the Bokone Bophirima Department of Education and Sport Development has thanked parents who have heeded its call to register their children in provincial schools on time.

The department has also called on those who are yet to register their children to make use of the remaining few days. The deadline for registrations is Friday 30 September.

Acting Deputy Director for inter-governmental and stakeholder relations at the department of education, Gaoretelelwe Phuti, told Semphete that the campaign made a noticeable difference.

"We are pleased with the progress made by the campaign thus far. We encourage parents to register their children early, which is between April and September, so we can plan in time for the following year in terms of budget for material," Phuti said.

The department has, through its much-publicised Learner Registration Campaign, been encouraging parents who wish to have their young ones attending provincial schools, or those who want to change schools, to come forward and register for next year.

Phuti added that the department saw it necessary to embark on this campaign because it helps with planning for the provision of learner support material.

"The campaign is also important because it helps prepare learners for the following year on time and allows teaching and learning to start effectively from the first day of the school re-opening," Phuti said.

"The department has achieved its objectives [with the learner registration campaign]. Parents were calling the department for clarifications and many have come out to register their children. Departmental officials (circuit managers and area managers) have been visiting schools and sharing the message of learner registration," Phuti added.

The campaign was undertaken on various platforms, including through pamphlets, brochures and posters, which were distributed to all schools in the province.

Information was also shared through engagements and partnerships with various stakeholders such as traditional leaders, religious leaders, Community Development Workers (CDWs), post offices, shopping complexes, posters on buses, community radio stations, newspaper publications, non-governmental organisations and municipalities.

Phuti advised parents to attach the same value to government schools as they do with former Model C ones.

"Some of the challenges faced by the department are that people prefer to send their children to the former model C schools, whereas such schools have long lists of applications where all applicants cannot be admitted".