“The applications for Grade 1 and 8 for the 2017 academic year officially start on 11 April 2016 and ends on 7 September 2016,” said Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi.
During a media briefing on Sunday, MEC Lesufi encouraged first time Grade 1 and Grade 8 applicants, including those relocating from other areas, to register their details online at www.gdeadmissions.gov.za.
The online system goes live on 11 April 2016. Parents that do not have internet access can visit help desks in their districts for assistance.
The admissions process will proceed in three phases, including registration and verification of details from 11 April 2016, application from 19 April 2016 and the placement of learners from 24 June until 7 September 2016.
Registration and verification of details
During the registration and verification of details, parents are urged to register or verify their details and learner details. First time users will be required to click the “Register” button to register parent information before applying.
“Parents that registered in 2015 and those that have learners in schools currently must verify information by clicking the verification tab. The verification process will require parents to enter the ID/passport,” MEC Lesufi explained.
The application period commences on 19 April 2016 at 8am and will close at midnight on 1 June 2016.
Application criteria includes a school close to residential or work address, a sibling attending the same school - not applicable if the learner is in Grade 7 or 12 - and a school of choice.
The documents required to complete the verification/registration and application process are a copy of the parent’s ID, learner’s birth certificate, passport and study permit obtained from Home Affairs, as well as proof of address for home or work.
“An automated SMS will be sent to the parent’s cell phone number to confirm the submission of the online application. Once SMS confirmation has been received it is important to submit all the required documents needed at the schools within two weeks,” the MEC explained.
Placement of learners
MEC Lesufi said applications for learners who are currently in Grade 2 to 6 in primary schools and Grade 8 to 11 in secondary schools will be processed by schools from 11 to 18 April 2016.
“Parents who are relocating and would like to apply for the in between grades (Grades 2 to 7 and Grades 8 to 11) must consult with the school to verify availability of spaces.
‘Spaces will be confirmed pending the current learner enrolment, learner retentions in each grade and in line with the capacity of the school,” he said.
The online application cannot be used to apply for Grade R and schools for learners with special educational needs.
The department has opted for an online application process because it is convenient, easy to access and enables planning and fair distribution of learners across the Gauteng education system.
“Starting the admission process early is crucial to ensure allocation of resources, such as learning and teaching materials, furniture, human resources and infrastructure.”
In addition, MEC Lesufi said, this enables teaching and learning to commence on the first day of school in 2017.
Equally important is for schools to have sufficient time to prepare timetables, recruit teachers and where necessary arrange nutrition and scholar transport, he added.
All governing bodies have been urged to work with the department to ensure the admissions process runs smoothly and all learners who start primary or secondary school in 2017 are able to access quality basic public education.