Gauteng Education Extends Admission Placement Period For 2020 To End November

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Students of Benoni Junior Primary School sit for a picture while enjoying food on Mandela Day in Benoni, Johannesburg, 18 July 2019. The school saw an outreach programme delivering soup and bread to children as part of a Mandela Day initiative by Inside Education.

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has extended the admission placement period for the 2020 academic year to November 30.

The process initially commenced on May 20, with parents receiving seven additional days to submit documents until July 22.

“During this period, 310 350 applications were made for grades 1 and 8. Of these, 27 563 applicants have not submitted any documents, while 282 787 submitted documents as required,” GDE spokesperson Steve Mabona said in a statement Sunday.

As a result, the placement period commenced in September with an end date of October 31, however, the process is ongoing until all pupils are placed.

“During this period, the department remains committed to placing the 282 787 who submitted documents. To date, 234 290 applicants have been placed, while 43 797 are unplaced,” Mabona added.

The department noted as “concerning” the 4 700 applicants who have not accepted their offers.

Parents are reminded that they are only afforded a period of seven days to accept the offer.

In addition, approximately 411 schools are said to have reached capacity.

“Most of these schools have already reached their capacity to accommodate as many learners as possible. Applicants who cannot be accommodated at these schools are placed at schools with available space,” Mabona said.

According to the department, pupils were placed according to the following criteria:

  • The applicant pupil’s place of residence is closest to the school within the feeder zone.
  • The applicant pupil has a sibling attending the school.
  • The place of employment of at least one of the applicant pupil’s parents is within the feeder zone of the school.
  • The applicant pupil’s place of residence is within a 30km radius of the school.
  • The applicant pupil’s place of residence is beyond a 30km radius of the school.

Parents should therefore accept placement offered by the department as these cannot be changed, Mabona said.

Parents are urged to log on to the system however, if they do not have access to the internet they may visit the nearest district office for assistance.

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