Lesufi happy with progress over online registration process

The GDE MEC has given an update on the status of the new online application process for grade 1 & 8s.

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 Panyaza Lesufi says one of the benefits of the new online registration system is to ensure that the backbone of apartheid's planning and privileges comes to an end.

Lesufi yesterday gave an update on the status of the new online application process for grade 1 and 8 pupils at the Gauteng Legislature.

The department says it has received over 370,000 applications since the website was launched a week ago, following several technical glitches.

Lesufi says his new online application system will ensure that every child, regardless of their circumstance, can enroll at any school in the province.

"Now a child that is in Tembisa can go just over R21 and apply in Irene. This is the benefit of this system."

Lesufi says the high number of registrations they have received so far is testament that South Africans still have confidence in the public education system.

"So we can challenge private education that there are still people that have confidence that public education can provide the quality of education we need."

The MEC says he will be meeting with various school governing bodies tomorrow to address their concerns around the new website.

He says his department has reprogrammed and re-positioned its online application system to address technical glitches.

"We are convinced that where we are the problems are few and there is more good news."

Lesufi says they've received an overwhelming number of applications through the new system.

"Over 370,000 parents now have what we call a waiting list number A or waiting list number B."

He has once again apologised to all parents for the problems experienced since the website launched.