Parents whose children have been offered places in schools for 2022 must urgently respond.

And those who haven’t, just need to be a little patient.

That’s the message from the Western Cape’s education department, following concerns about when learners will be placed in a school.

This year saw thousands of learners left without seats for a quarter of the academic year.

MEC Debbie Schafer says many offers are yet to be made, as several schools are still assessing their capacity.

Over 20,000 learners have been accepted at more than one school – meaning places will open when they choose a school.

Schafer is urging these parents to help speed up the process.

“I make a special appeal to the parents who have received an offer of a place: please confirm your choice urgently. This allows a school to know how many remaining places they have left, and to make further offers to anxious parents if they still have space. This is especially true of the parents of the over 20 000 learners who received offers from more than one school”.