Chiloane said he noticed parents who have not yet received offers are “anxious and panicking”. He urged parents to be patient and promised that all pupils will be placed.
Parents offered places were delaying in accepting them, mostly because they had not been offered places at their preferred school.
“Parents delay. They get offered these spaces and most of the time when they apply they want a particular school. [When applying] they need to put three [schools down] but they just add another two but their hearts are set on one.
“When we place them in any of the other two and not the one they wanted, they appeal.”
A total of 61,930 applicants who received offers have not yet accepted — 24,141 for grade 1 and 37,789 for grade 8.
The department will…