Applications to schools work on a first come, first serve basis, which is what made some line up overnight to get their applications in first. Schools with excellent reputations received hundreds of applications yesterday.
Parkview Junior School had parents queuing two days ahead, some going as far as paying someone to take their place in the line.
Some schools like Greenside High School and Parktown Girls High School, went out of their way to make the wait as comfortable as possible with heaters and tea and coffee provided for parents braving the unpredictable Johannesburg weather.
A source at Greenside High said while hundreds of applications would be received – only 180 would be accepted for Grade eight next year.
Parents applying for admission were advised to apply early and to a school closest to where they live would increase chances of admission.A parent from Lenasia said he was aware that Greenside High School was not the closest area for his child but that it was one of the best schools in Johannesburg.
Applications will be open until next month, May 27.