230,000 Gauteng parents have used online admissions process for 2018

The Gauteng Education Department says more than 10 popular schools have already reached full capacity and can no longer accept applications.

FILE: Gauteng Eduction MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department says so far 230,000 parents have applied for their grade 1 and 8 children through the online admissions system for the 2018 academic year.

Parents have two weeks to electronically submit their applications, with the department warning that this year there’ll be no extension after the 12 June deadline.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi says more than 10 popular schools have already reached full capacity and can no longer take any applications for next year.

Lesufi says he knows some parents will be upset with this and fight with his department.

"It’s going to be difficult, let me be honest. Actually, it’s going to be war because those parents that want to go to Pretoria High School for Girls, for example, don’t expect the 1,300 who do not get access there to fold their arms."

He says this year’s online submissions have already shown better results compared to last year.

The department plans to finalise all placements by the end of September so that the appeals process can start.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)