- Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has defended the decision to reintroduce Afrikaans in township schools
- The move has been criticised by some as a race-based decision at a time when AfriForum is campaigning for Lesufi's removal
- With the province battling to place students, the politician is attempting to fill up empty seats in these schools
Panyaza Lesufi has slammed claims that the reintroduction of Afrikaans in schools based in townships is a 'race-based' decision.
The Gauteng Education MEC updated parents on the 2020 Admissions Placement process over the weekend and attempted to clear the air:
"It is important to correct the distortion that we are introducing Afrikaans or English in township schools so we can take certain races and place them in township schools. That is a clear distortion."
Lesufi dubbed claims that the department was attempting to 'force' white learners into townships as 'mischievous'.
The MEC promised that all Gauteng pupils will have a place before the end of this week, despite AfriForum claiming the chaos had been created by the admissions process.
Briefly.co.za reported that the lobby group had launched a campaign against the popular politician after allegedly receiving scores of complaints from parents.
The Education Department says that consultations with schools had helped reduce the number of children waiting for placement, but 12 000 still remain unallocated, reports SABC.
AfriForum spokesperson Henk Maree insists that the premier allowing Lesufi to stay on board is a 'disgrace':
"The school admissions process is chaotic and he does not accept responsibility for his share in this crisis ‒ on the contrary, his latest announcements of so-called solutions only aggravate the situation, as the plans are impracticable and deprive parents of the right to decide about their children’s place, quality and language of education themselves."
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