Grades 1 & 8 online application process for 2019 to go live on Monday

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has emphasised the online system is only to register pupils in grades one and eight.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi briefing the media on the online learner admissions regulations for the 2019 academic year. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department has announced that the online application process for pupils will officially go live at 8am on 16 April.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi says this means from Monday grade one and eight pupils can apply for the 2019 academic year.

The system has been upgraded to identify children using ID numbers through the department's partnership with Home Affairs.

Lesufi says parents can now apply to any school they want regardless of the main language used there.

He says if the demographic population of the area has changed, the school must change its medium of instruction.

“We’ve eliminated the automatic appointment by the system… meaning for the first time, parents have more and wider preference than before.”

The MEC says those who don’t have computers or data must apply at their local community library.

“I’ve requested all community libraries to be open on time on 16 April.”

Lesufi has emphasised the online system is only to register pupils in grades one and eight.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)