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GDE website still down, frustration grows

The process had to be postponed last week due to problems with the portal, which led it to it crashing.

Gauteng Education Department website for school online registration for 2017. Picture: Screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG - The online applications process for grade 1 and 8 pupils remains delayed.

The Gauteng Education Department (GDE) earlier said its online registration website was set to go live at 10am after a two hour delay due to a technical glitch.

The process had to be postponed last week due to a number of problems with the portal, which led it to crash.

The department has apologised for the frustration caused.

The GDE's Oupa Bodibe says they don't expect any further delays this morning while acknowledging that it would be difficult to deal with a large volume of users on the website.

"We're optimistc because know that as soon as this thing goes live online traffic will be humongous."

Bodibe says last week, 166 000 parents managed to register on the website and now need to complete the last step.

"It can now handle 20,000 each second."

Parents have expressed their frustration on social media.

Online registrations close on 2 June.