MEC Panyaza Lesufi urges Gauteng parents to respond immediately to online school applications

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Parents of prospective school learners have less than 2 months to place their children on the Gauteng Education Department’s online application system, according to the Gauteng Department of Education.

In a statement issued on Monday, MEC of Education Panyaza Lesufi appealed to parents that have received offers of placement “to respond immediately” or risk losing their spot in the queue.

Lesufi said close to 71 275 parents have not yet responded to offers of placement since the placement of learners commenced in July, which is causing serious delays on the system.

More than 117 000 learners in Grade 1 and in Grade 8 have been placed since the placement period began three weeks ago. Closing date for placement applications is 20 October 2017.

“Since the placement period started three weeks ago on the 24 of July, 117 081 learners have been placed, 65 595 in Grade 1 and 51 486 in Grade 8,” said Lesufi.

The department received more than 269 676 online admission applications this year.

This is 59 921 more applications than it did in 2016 when the department introduced the new system.

Of the 269 676 applications received, 147 779 were for Grade one and 121 897 for Grade eight.

The province’s current capacity was 342 610, Lesufi said.

In June this year, the Department announced that the largest number of applications was made for schools in the Johannesburg Region where 102 419 applications were made, and followed by Ekurhuleni where 79 779 applications were made.

Tshwane received the third largest number of applications with 77 597 applications.

Meanwhile, those who did not make the application deadline on 12 June 2017, will be only able to apply after the placement process of applicants who managed to apply on time has been completed.

“The Department will determine when to open the Online Application System for late applications, after the placement of applicants who applied on or before 12 June 2017, is concluded,” said Lesufi.

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