Last call for pupils who need spaces

Admissions open for late applicatio­ns

- By Shonisani Tshikalang­e

The Gauteng department of education says its online admissions system will open for late applicatio­ns for a month from December 20 for parents who have not submitted applicatio­ns for grades 1 and 8.

At a briefing yesterday, Gauteng education MEC Matome Chiloane said so far 256,248 (87.71%) applicants had been placed while 35,897 (12.29%) were unplaced.

According to the department, 5,485 applicants who received offers of placement have not accepted. Of these, 1,868 are grade 1s with the rest due to start secondary schooling. Chiloane said the system would auto-place applicants who had not accepted offers of placement by November 30.

“Parents are reminded that all placement is subject to the priority of placement criteria and availabili­ty of space per school. Therefore, applicants that cannot be accommodat­ed at the schools they applied to due to the schools having reached capacity, will receive transfer offers of placement at the next closest school with available space. Transfer offers are made only after confirmati­on that none of the schools which a parent applied to has available space,” he said.

Chiloane said the department had identified a number of high-pressure areas where applicatio­ns received by schools exceeded the number of pupils they could accommodat­e. About 313 primary and 234 secondary schools were regarded as high-pressure schools.

To assist high-pressure schools to accommodat­e more pupils, the department would provide mobile units and transfer funds to schools for self-build classroom projects.

“This process will make available about 599 additional classrooms to primary schools and 698 additional classrooms to secondary schools,” he said.

Chiloane said it would not be possible to accommodat­e all applicants at their preferred schools. Some would need to be placed at schools with available space. “To allow a fair admission process, provision is made for objections and appeals. To submit an objection, the parent needs to decline the placement offer, and complete an electronic objection form online. ”–

‘‘ Placements are subject to the space available

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