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North West Department of Education opens the 2023 learner registration season for public schools

WENDY MOTHATA|

THE learner registration and admission process to all North West public schools for the 2023 academic year has opened and will close on September 30 2022.

In a media statement on Sunday, the North West Department of Education said that application forms for admissions are available in all public schools.

Admissions will be on first come-first serve basis, it said.

“As of 01 June 2022, the North West Department of Education has opened learner registration season for its public schools and encourages parents and legal guardians to register children for the 2023 academic year,” said North West education spokesperson, Elias Malindi.

In accordance with Section 5(4)(a) of the South African Schools Act (SASA), the requirements for admissions are as follows:
• Grade R: 4 years turning 5 by 30 June 2023
• Grade 1: 5 years turning 6 by 30 June 2023,
• Other grades: A learner who is still under the age of 15 must be placed on suitable grades and those above 16 years of years be advised to register at an AET centre provided they are already enrolled at ordinary public school in January 2000 (except if it is deemed to be in the best interest of a learner), and
• Learners with special needs should be admitted where it is reasonably practical in ordinary public schools, special schools and full service schools.

North West Education MEC, Mmaphefo Matsemela, has encouraged parents and legal guardians to adhere to the directives for smooth registration.

“We ask all parents and legal guardians to take this four months’ period to register learners for 2023 academic year. Over the years this has helped us with proper planning in terms of school furniture and ordering of textbooks and I thank parents for their cooperation,” Matsemela said.

Matsemela outlined documents that needs to accompany the application.

“We also ask parents to accompany application forms with a certified copy of birth certificate, immunization card, most recent report card, and transfer letter or card from previous school.”

Matsemela added that parents outside South Africa must present asylum seeker permits or certificate granting refugees status.

“To parents from outside South Africa, they must have learner’s study Visa or parents work permit, residence permit (or proof of application for non-citizens), asylum seeker permits or certificate granting refugees status for all non-citizens should be presented,” she said.

While schools are compelled to compile waiting lists, principals and SBGs are advised to encourage parents to submit application forms before the deadline to avoid longer waiting lists and issue written responses of acceptance or non-acceptance to parents by 31 October 2022.

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