THE Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has confirmed that over 73 000 successful Grade 1 and 8 applications were recorded on Monday 13 September 2021, on Day 1 of the Phase 2 applications.
The provincial education department says it has received over 73,000 Grade 1-8 online applications for 2022.
“As of 12 noon on Monday – four hours since going live, a total of 73,305 applications were recorded on our system,” said provincial education department spokesperson Steve Mabona.
Of that, 69,300 applications were recorded for Grade 1 and 3,981 Grade 8 applications.
Parents who were unable to register their children for Grade 7 are also now able to make online applications.
“It must be noted that, before the system opened this morning, approximately 9,000 parents were on the landing page waiting for it to open,” said Mabona.
“As such, this caused an administrative delay which needed developers to clear the said users after opening the system at 8am,” he added.
Parents and guardians must upload their documents onto the system within seven days of applying.
They can also submit the documents directly to the school they applied to.
“It is incredible that our online admissions system keeps advancing and making strides as the years progress. This year was the first time we launched our two-phased application approach and the extent of its success has been astounding,” said Mabona.
Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said: “We are grateful to all parents and guardians who have conveyed their success in applying for their children using our system.”
The Democratic Alliance (DA)’s education MEC Khume Ramlifho has also urged all parents and guardians to secure their child’s school placement and ensure that they do not miss a day of schooling by submitting their applications through the online admission system.
“Delays in applying for online admission has had a huge negative impact on the future of our children in that many learners across the province have missed months of schooling,” said Ramulifho.
“This is the most critical level of learning as the child will be starting their first stage of academic life at a primary school and everything must be planned properly so that they enjoy the new beginnings. In most cases, failure by parents to apply timeously affects both them and their child as they will be frustrated, and will be unable to budget for school uniforms, stationery, and scholar transport, not be knowing whether their child has secured a place or not.”
Department officials will still be available for assistance during phase-two applications on all social media platforms, decentralised walk-in centres and the call centre on 0800-000-789.
- * Inside Education