May 20th: Gauteng school’s online application will open

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Date set to register online for school applications, what else do you need to know?

The Lenasia Rising Sun reports that parents and guardians, with children entering either Grade 1 or Grade 8 in 2020, must register these learners online. The online application will open at 8 am on Monday, May 20 until midnight July 15. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says they’ve increased the capacity of the online registration portal and it can now handle up to 50 000 applications at the same time.

The five km radius has been replaced with 30 km radius, which gives parents an opportunity to choose the school of their choice in a much broader scope.

Gauteng MEC of Education, Panyaza Lesufi said “When applying online, parents have a choice to submit a maximum of five applications, either using a home address, an applicant’s sibling who attends the school being applied to, work address of either one of the parents, if the applicant lives within a 30km radius and if the applicant lives beyond a 30km radius”.

Living next to the school doesn’t necessarily mean a child will be admitted in the school, as the department will place learners based on the space available and the time the application was made. Those who will apply early will stand a good chance of securing their children space in the schools of their choice.

The following documents will be required:

  • Your identification document as the parent or legal guardian
  • The birth certificate of the learner
  • Proof of your home or work address
  • Immunisation/clinic document for the grade 1 learners
  • If the child is in another school, you will need to supply the most recent report of the child.

For  non-South African learners, the following  documents are required:

  • The Asylum Seeker or Refugee Permit of the child
  • The passport of the parent or legal guardian Proof of your home or work address
  • The most recent academic report card of the school where the child is currently attending (if the child is applying for Grade 8)

Please note that all these documents are expected for submission within seven days of the online application for school admission.

Parents or Guardians who do not have access to the internet can visit their nearest public school, district admissions centres, community libraries and community centres for admissions.

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