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Walk-in registrations for grade 1 & 8 a thing of the past - Lesufi

The MEC yesterday announced a technical problem with the GDE online registration process has been resolved.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the online registration system represents the future, despite numerous technical glitches.Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyza Lesufi says walk-in registrations for grade 1 and 8 are now a thing of the past and his department is moving closer to a paperless future.

Lesufi announced yesterday a technical problem with the online registration process has been resolved and the system is now online.

The MEC has apologised for the inconvenience caused and has once again called on parents to use the online process to apply for placement ahead of the 2017 academic year.

Lesufi says the new online process is aimed at improving the education system in the province.

"The interests of our learners come first and we'll be in a position to serve them better and deal with all other issues."

Lesufi says parents who don't have access to the internet can use their local community libraries.

"Those that don't have access, we can provide additional access on top of libraries, community centres, using the free Wi-Fi."

The department says over 5,000 parents successfully applied for their children's enrollment online, during the first 10 minutes of the system going live yesterday.

Meanwhile, the department says its online registration system for grade 1 and 8 pupils is now working, but there are still some minor glitches.

The department says it has already received 76,000 applications which have been processed successfully.

The department's Oupa Bodibe says, "Parents are experiencing some glitches like errors and that's because of the traffic that's too high at some point. But we ask parents if they've a problem they must contact us and we'll solve their problem - but the system is working."

LESUFI CALLS FOR PATIENCE

While some angry parents have called for the department's new online application process to be scrapped, Lesufi has appealed to parents to give the new system time to prove itself.

Lesufi says he has given programmers until Friday to resolve all the issues with the website.

"The frustration will be the last call where we're frustrated. Future parents will have excitement when this system is online."

The MEC has reiterated that no walk-in applications will be accepted at any schools around the province for grade 1 and 8 pupils.

"I really believe that you don't have to be at the gate of the school for you to determine whether you can be in that school or not."

He says while the online process will experience minor glitches, the system is live and parents who are still experiencing problems should contact the department's help desk.