Admissions placement almost concluded

THE Gauteng Department of Education applauds parents who applied on time for Grade One and Eight online admissions for 2019.

The department received a total of 282 823 early applications for the 2019 academic year. Of these, 266 613 (94.3 per cent) are placed, whereas 16 210 (5.7 per cent) applicants have not responded to offers or calls to submit documents.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi said: “We appeal to parents to accept placement offers by the district, as these are the only available spaces.”

Late applications

The department opened for late online applications on November 28 last year, with only 1 068 schools available for application. On the same day, a total of 945 of 2013 schools with Grade One and Eight entry grades reached capacity and were no longer available for any further late applications. As of January 7, a total of 205 schools reached capacity, and 863 schools still have available spaces for immediate placement.

The department received a total of 24 228 late applications, and of these, 19 803 applied by December 15 last year, while 2 402 applied during school holidays.

“We have successfully placed 8 090 (33.4 per cent) who have submitted documents, while 16 138 (66.6 per cent) are provisionally placed and will be finalised when documents are submitted. Parents are urged to submit the required documents (birth certificate, ID copies, proof of address etc) to finalise placements,” he said.

All districts are operating as walk-in centres to assist parents with applications from January 7 to 31. Parents are encouraged to visit the district offices for assistance.

The most common challenges reported at walk-in centres include:

• A large number of parents are new applicants.

• Follow-ups on appeal outcomes.

• Existing applicants trying to re-apply.

• Late applicants requesting transfers to schools that are no longer available in the system due to capacity. Applicants will not be transferred to schools that are no longer available in the app. What you find in the app, is what is available.

• Relocations and placement in inner grades.

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Lucky Thusi
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