An estimated number of over 2.8 million learners across the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province went back to school on Wednesday.
Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube accompanied the National Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga and Provincial MEC for Educations Mbali Frazer to monitor the return of learners to schools in Umlazi, Newlands West and La Mercy as coastal schools in the country opened for the 2023 academic year.
Speaking during the school monitoring visits Dube-Ncube said from this year the province will start piloting the online registration for schools in the province to reduce the number of parents waiting in queues to enroll their children.
The Premier emphasised that quality education is an apex priority for the Provincial Government and expressed satisfaction that learning and teaching began in earnest on the first day of the school calendar.
“The minor challenges experienced in some schools are being urgently addressed by the Department of Education. We were very encouraged by the active citizenry demonstrated by the community and members of the governing bodies in the schools we have visited.
“We also commend the dedication shown by educators. As the provincial government, we are fully committed to ensuring access to quality education. Therefore, it is critical that teaching and learning begins from the first day of the school year,” she stressed.
The opening of over 6 000 schools, which include admissions as well as the delivery of learning and teaching support materials began before the reopening of schools.
The process of admissions for the 2023 academic year started early in 2022 when admissions were opened on 1 March 2022 and closed on 30 September 2022.
A total of 209 665 learners have been admitted in Grade 1 and 237 987 learners admitted in Grade 8.