VAAL TRIANGLE - The Gauteng Education Department (GDE) says so far, just over 250,000 grade one and eight pupils for the 2019 academic year have been placed. Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says only about 740 pupils have not yet been placed, meaning the department has finalised the majority of placements. The GDE has once again reminded parents that late applications will be announced in due course. Lesufi says some parents have opted to appeal their placements. Lesufi says they are aware that the process of waiting for placements is cumbersome and frustrating to parents and learners. He said this is to appeal for patience, as their officials are hard at work and committed to ensure that all learners are placed.