The Gauteng Department of Education has kick-started their 2019 online application for school admissions campaign in efforts to place all Grade 1 and 8 pupils in time and help parents avoid disappointment.
System for the online schools applications will officially go online at 08h00 on 16 April and close at midnight on 28 May 2018.
MEC Panyaza Lesufi said that the department remains resolute with online applications and urged parents to apply on time as spaces in Gauteng schools are scarce and some school are in high demand.
“The online application system is convenient for parents to use, as they can apply on their computers, mobile phones or tablet at any time. This eliminates queues at schools and therefore, saves time.
“Parents who do not have access to the internet or require face-to-face assistance should visit any decentralised application centres which will be set by the department or any community library in the province,” said MEC Lesufi.
Parents can apply for a maximum of five schools per pupil using options including home and work address, school of choice, sibling name studying at a preferred school, previous school, school of choice and schools of focused learning or specialisation.
After completing their applications, parents will receive a notification on their device with a notification that automatically places the learner at the preferred school (WA) and (WB), meaning that the pupil will be on a waiting list.
Once their applications are successful, parents will receive an SMS notifying them about their status and will be required to submit their Identity Card, leaner birth certificate, proof of home or work address, clinic card and report card for those going to Grade 8.
Parents wishing to have their children placed at any of the schools with a focus on specialised talent must note that they will be required to write an aptitude test or be subjected to other pre-selections tests.
In addition, MEC Lesufi said that placement of learners will start on 18 July and close on 31 October 2018 and parents should confirm or decline placement offers within seven days of receiving the offers.
“This will fast track placement at the relevant schools. Failure to confirm or decline an offer will result in the offer being withdrawn,” concluded Lesufi.