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GDE officials to be deployed to assist with online registrations

Panyaza Lesufi says the department has received more than 180,000 applications since the launch.

FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says officials will be deployed to schools around the province from this morning to help parents who are still battling with the online registration system.

The system finally went live on Tuesday afternoon after technical problems which left many parents frustrated.

The system will streamline the application process for Gauteng, but he has appealed for parents to bear with the department as it irons out last-minute glitches.

"And I believe that we're on course to ensure that our children, on day one they'll be at school, well resourced."

Lesufi says the future is paperless and there's no turning back now.

"This is the last pain. If we can go through this and get this and work together, we'll never have this problem again."

Lesufi says over 8,000 officials from the department will be available at schools to assist parents until Monday.

The department's Oupa Bodibe says while the online registration website is not yet functioning optimally, they're working hard to resolve the issues.

"We are picking up a few errors and we do update parents when we find those errors."

Bodibe says the website is live and processing applications.

"We are now standing at 188,421 applications that have been completed successfully.

Lesufi says he will meet with school governing bodies to discuss their frustrations and concerns around the new system.