MEC: ap­pli­ca­tion on­line works well

Le­sufi says the new schools’ reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem is the way to go

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - News - SHONISANI TSHIKALANGE shon­isanit@the­newage.co.za

WITHIN an hour of the open­ing of the 2019 on­line ap­pli­ca­tion of­fi­cially yes­ter­day more than 50000 pupils were reg­is­tered.

The on­line ap­pli­ca­tion sys­tem is only open for Grade 1 and Grade 8 pupils and ap­pli­cants have un­til mid­night May 28.

MEC Panyaza Le­sufi launched the sys­tem in At­teridgeville at 8am yes­ter­day and as­sisted par­ents with the ap­pli­ca­tions process.

He said the depart­ment re­mained res­o­lute that on­line ap­pli­ca­tion was the way to go.

“Us­ing the on­line sys­tem has made the ap­pli­ca­tions process trans­par­ent and fair thus elim­i­nat­ing ma­nip­u­la­tion and hu­man in­dis­cre­tions. Par­ents can check the sta­tus of the ap­pli­ca­tion by log­ging on to the sys­tem. This means that the depart­ment has a sta­tis­ti­cal view of data of all ap­pli­ca­tions made.”

The depart­ment’s spokesper­son, Steve Mabona said, there would be 65 ad­mis­sion cen­tres across the 15 ed­u­ca­tion dis­tricts.

Par­ents were only al­lowed to ap­ply for a max­i­mum of five schools per pupil us­ing home, work, sib­ling or pre­vi­ous school op­tions.

“A par­ent ap­ply­ing for Grade 8 can also in­di­cate the cur­rent school that the child is at­tend­ing.

“This will iden­tify high schools clos­est to the cur­rent pri­mary school that the pupil is at­tend­ing. An ap­pli­ca­tion us­ing home ad­dress, work ad­dress or sib­ling at the school will be placed on pri­or­ity list A or WA.

“The ra­tio­nale for this is to pri­ori­tise ap­pli­ca­tions of pupils liv­ing closer to the school. How­ever, us­ing the school of choice op­tion, the ap­pli­cant will be placed on wait­ing list B or WB. This means the ap­pli­cant lives or works out­side of the feeder zone,” Mabona said.

Mabona said once an ap­pli­ca­tion was suc­cess­ful par­ents were re­quired to sub­mit doc­u­ments within seven days to each of the schools they ap­plied for and en­sure that they sign the reg­is­ter.

Last year, more than 321000 pupils ap­plied for place­ment at Gaut­eng schools and the depart­ment has urged par­ents to ap­ply on time as de­mand for place­ment was high and de­pended on avail­able spa­ces at a school.

Par­ents ap­ply­ing for pupils with spe­cial needs were ad­vised to visit the near­est district of­fice to ap­ply. The depart­ment said the place­ment of pupils would start on July 18 and close on Oc­to­ber 21.

Mabona said it was im­por­tant for par­ents to con­firm or de­cline place­ment of­fers within seven days of re­ceiv­ing the of­fer as fail­ure to con­firm or de­cline the of­fer would re­sult in it be­ing with­drawn.

Gaut­eng and the West­ern Cape are the only two prov­inces that con­duct on­line ap­pli­ca­tions.

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RES­O­LUTE: Gaut­eng ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi, right, of­fi­cially launched the 2019 on­line ap­pli­ca­tion sys­tem in At­teridgeville yes­ter­day.

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