A new online admission programme is to prevent parents from queuing for hours outside schools to ensure their children receive a spot in class.
Ushered in by Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi yesterday, it is aimed at the province’s pupils in Grades 1 and 8 and those relocating from other areas for the 2017 academic year.
Speaking at the launch in Chief Albert Luthuli Primary School in Daveyton, on the East Rand, Lesufi said the process would ensure that all the pupils were placed in schools either in proximity of their homes, or near their parents’ workplaces.
Registration application opens today and, from April 19, parents can apply for the school of their choice. Following application, an automated confirmation SMS would then be sent to the parent’s cellphone.
Once the SMS confirmation has been received, parents would then have to submit the required documents at the schools within two weeks.
“Registration [requires you] to load your information for verification of the system and, when school applications start on April 19, parents [can] choose the school they would like their children to be placed,”said Lesufi.
The application period closes at midnight on June 1, and placement of pupils will be carried out from June 24 to September 7.
Lesufi said parents who were relocating and applying for Grades 2 to 7 and for Grades 9 to 12, would have to consult the school to verify availability of spaces.
“Spaces will be confirmed pending the current [pupil] enrolment and [pupil] retention in each grade, in line with the capacity of the school.”
But the online application system cannot be used to apply for pupils who have special educational needs, or for those in Grade R.
National Association of Parents in School Governance general-secretary Marks Ramasike welcomed the launch. “Applying online would kill the intimidation most black parentssaid they faced in other schools,” said Ramasike.
“It would also bring about transformation in schools because parents do not have to go there personally.” The MEC said starting the admission process early ensured the allocation of resources, such as learning and teaching materials, furniture, human resources and infrastructure.
“When we have an exact number of applicants online, I could go to the Treasury and ask for finances with proof that these number of [pupils] would need resources,” said Lesufi.
The system also has a technical back-up feature, allowing for the submission of applications in event of a temporary shutdown, added the MEC.
Documents required for online application:
- ID copy of the parent. ɳ Birth certificate of pupil.
- Passport and study permit from the department of home affairs.
- Proof of address for home or work.