GDE registers over 200k learners through new online system

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the process of placing students in schools is now in full swing.

FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Department of Education says over 220, 000 Grade 1 and 8 pupils have successfully registered for the 2017 academic year through its new online system.

Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi today provided an update on the system, which was launched nearly three months ago.

Lesufi says he's pleased with the outcome and his department has already started the process of placing pupils in various schools across the province.

The MEC says the process of the pupils in various schools for next year is now in full swing.

He says his department received over 18,000 applications from parents who reside outside the province.

Parents will now be sent an automated SMS to inform them at which schools their children have been accepted.

The department says schools in the Tshwane region have received the highest number of applications for the 2017 academic year.

It has identified five schools which are under pressure, three of which are in Pretoria.

Lesufi says these schools have received over 1,500 applications.

"The top five schools are St John Adams, Mondeo High [in the south of Johannesburg], followed by Pretoria Boys High, Afrikaans Hoer Seunskool and the last one is Laerskool Theresa Park."