South Africa 16.4.2014 06:00 am

Loving parents queue for admission

Farzanah Patel with her 3 year old son Fayyadh Monhamed siting in the queue for many hours at Parktown Girls High School, 15 April 2014. Parents of hundreds of children are queuing at schools around Johannesburg hoping for placement of their child for the 2015 school admission. Picture: Valentina Nicol

Farzanah Patel with her 3 year old son Fayyadh Monhamed siting in the queue for many hours at Parktown Girls High School, 15 April 2014. Parents of hundreds of children are queuing at schools around Johannesburg hoping for placement of their child for the 2015 school admission. Picture: Valentina Nicol

Yesterday applications for 2015 admission into so called Model C primary and secondary schools in the Gauteng area, saw parents lining up through the night to get their applications in first.

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.

 

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