Over 250k grade 1 and 8 online applications processed so far – dept

Online admissions officially went live on Monday morning.

The launch of the online application system for grade one and eight pupils for the 2020 academic year. Picture: Thando Khubeka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Department of Education said on Monday over 250,000 online applications for grades one and 8 pupils had been processed so far.

“What we can say to parents facing delays is continue trying until you get through because we made last-minute changes when we reached an agreement with the SGBs (school governing bodies) last week Friday. So, from Friday to Monday, our engineers tried to accommodate some of the changes that we made,” said education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

Online admissions officially went live on Monday morning.

The system was scheduled to start taking applications last week but that was postponed after legal threats by several organisations to take the education department to court over its amended admissions regulations.

Officials from the department have been deployed to various parts of the province to assist parents.

Earlier on Monday, Lesufi visited the Diepsloot Youth Centre to monitor the process.

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)