MEC Panyaza Lesufi launched the 2019 Online Learner admissions registrations for grades 1 and 8 on Monday at 8am.
Gauteng department of education will work with the department of Home Affairs for the online applications.
On Friday, Lesufi said the Gauteng Education Department has modernised the system which now allows parents less than five minutes to complete the application.
“As soon as you punch your ID number your details will load automatically,” Lesufi said.
Last year, the process was marred by a number of issues including applicants being allocated schools far from their homes.
But the department says it has now improved the system and that it can take up to 35,000 hits per second.
Other improvements include parents being able to apply at four schools instead of only three.
Parents also have a wider preference.
They can apply for schools close to their homes, work place or where other siblings are already attending and a school of choice.
“Parents can apply to any school regardless of the language. If the numbers are convincing we will go back to the school to tell them to change their language. We encourage parents to apply now to avoid disappointments,” Lesufi said.
Lesufi said the registration process also considers the fact that many households do not have access to computers and laptops and as such, parents of grade 1 and 8 can apply online using a mobile phone.
“Parents should know that they can’t migrate grade R pupils to one every parent needs to apply. For those parents who are computer illiterate or don’t have data we have provided three areas of registration. They should go to the nearest libraries in their communities, the nearest district offices and we will also identify schools that will do registrations,” Lesufi said.
Lesufi said the system can take over 30 000 parents registering at the same time. The system will be shutdown next month on the 18th. The placement will start on July 18 and the process will be completed on October 31.