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Online applications for Gauteng schools open 16 April 2018 – MEC Lesufi

By Madika Mofokeng Today, the Gauteng Department of Education officially announced the 2019 Online Learner Admissions period. The application system is only for Grade 1 and 8 and will be open from Monday, 16 April 2018 at 08:00 am, and will close at midnight, 28 May 2018.

During a press briefing, MEC Panyaza Lesufi encouraged parents to visit www.gdeadmissions.gov.za to apply. He also recommended the use of Google Chrome to access the online website as it was faster than other search engines.

According to admissions policy, a parent can apply for a maximum of five (5) schools per learner using the following options for Grade 1:

  1. Home Address
  2. Work Address
  3. Sibling
  4. School of Choice

For Grade 8, a parent can apply using the following options:

  1. Home Address
  2. Work Address
  3. Sibling at school (the sibling should not be in Grade 7 or Grade 12 in the current academic year)
  4. Previous school
  5. School of Choice
  6. Schools of Focussed Learning/School of Specialisation.

According to MEC Lesufi, a parent applying for Grade 8 can also indicate the current school that the child is attending. This will identify high schools closest to the current primary school that the learner is attending.

“An application using home address, work address or sibling at the school will be placed on priority list A or WA. The rationale for this is to prioritise applications of learners living closer to the school.

“However, using the school of choice option the applicant will be placed on waiting list B or WB. This means the applicant lives or works out of the feeder zone.

“Parents should also note that while they can apply at any of the schools with a focus on specialised talent, the learner may be required to write an aptitude test or be subjected to other pre-selections tests,” MEC Lesufi said.

According to MEC, any parent who lacks access to the internet or require face-to-face assistance should visit one of the decentralised application centres or a community library. The Department will operate 65 admissions centres across the 15 education districts.

“Parents and Guardians who will be applying from an internet café or public computer must ensure that they provide THEIR OWN accurate, reliable mobile phone number,” said MEC Lesufi.

Once an application is successful, the parent will receive an SMS. Parents are then required to submit the following documents within seven days (7) to each of the schools. For Grade 1, the following documents should be submitted to all the schools where applications were made:

  • Parents ID document or Legal Guardian ID
  • Learner Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Home Address or Proof of Work Address
  • Clinic/Immunisation Card

For Grade 8, the following documents should be submitted:

  • Parents ID Document or Legal Guardian ID
  • Learner Birth Certificate
  • Proof of home address or Proof of work Address
  • Report Card

Upon submission of documents, parents must sign a register to indicate that documents were submitted and receive a confirmation of submission of documents receipt.

According to MEC, the system has been refined to improve user experience.

“One of the key refinements is to include self-help tools such as step-by-step guide tutorials. In addition, we have automated the query management system to curtail the turn-around time between lodging a query and receiving a response. To curb the duplication and multiplication of profiles for one learner, the system now recognises learners based on their ID number,” said MEC Lesufi.

“We remain convinced that online application is the way to go. The system has many advantages for parents, schools and the Department. It is convenient for parents, as they can apply from their PC, mobile smartphones or tablet at any time. This has eliminated queues at some of the schools, thereby saving time for the parents.

“Using online system has made the applications process transparent and fair. All parents have a fair chance of applying to any school eliminating manipulation and human discretion. Parents can check the status of the application by logging on the system. The Department has a view of all applications made at all the schools compared to the past,” MEC Lesufi said.

 

Starting applications on time enables the Department to plan procurement and delivery of Learning and Teaching Support Material (LTSM) and school furniture. Further, this helps with the provision of educators as well as necessary infrastructure to schools.

 

“We appeal to parents to apply online and apply on time as spaces in Gauteng schools are scarce and some schools are in high demand. Placement at a school depends on available spaces at a school. 

 

“Once more, we are humbled by the overwhelming positive response from parents and promise to do everything possible to make the experience problem free,” said MEC Lesufi.