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Provinces gear up for the 2022 academic year as they open admission process in schools

NALEDI SHOTA|

Several provinces have opened the process of application for admissions in public schools for the 2022 academic year. 

The provincial departments of education that have already begun with this process have urged parents to apply on time to allow them enough time to prepare for the academic year next year.

This week, the Department of Basic Education released the academic calendar for coastal and inland schools. Coastal schools will open on 19 January while inland schools will do so on 12 January. 

READ: DBE releases 2022 school calendar

The Western Cape Department of Education was the first to kick off admissions in February and the process ended on 31 March. In a statement last month, the department said between the time admissions opened until they were closed in March it had recorded 408 672 applications. 

The Western Cape is one of the provinces that battle with an influx of learners into that province that it battles to place them in schools on time. For this academic year some learners in that province were only placed last month in schools.

The Northern Cape Department of Education opened online admissions on Tuesday for grades R, one and eight and it said on the first day it had already received 5600 applications. 

MEC of Education in the Northern Cape, Zolile Monakali, encouraged parents to be “responsible” and apply on time. 

“[Let’s] make sure we register our children on time so that the education system can open and run smoothly as we are preparing for the 2022 academic year,” said Monakali on Tuesday.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education opened for admissions on 3 May and the process will run until 1 October. In Limpopo the process opened on 17 May to 30 July for walk-in registration, while the online registration, at selected schools, will run from Today until 6 August. The province is piloting online admission. 

Other provinces are yet to announce the start date of their admissions processes. 

Last month, the DA in Gauteng criticized the Gauteng Education for not having started with its admission process. 

In a statement, DA shadow MEC Khumo Ramulifho, urged MEC of education Panyaza Lesufi to open online admissions from last month and for the process to be concluded in October. 

“By moving the online admission earlier, this will ensure that no learner misses a day of schooling when the new academic year begins as all allocations will be done timeously,”  said Ramulifho at the time. 

However, the province is yet to announce when it will open the online application system for the 2022 academic year. Gauteng, just like the Western Cape, is one of the provinces that battles large numbers of learners applying at the province’s schools. Some learners were also just placed in schools at the end of March. 

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