Nearly 300,000 applications for grades 1 & 8 received in Gauteng so far

The Gauteng Education Department said that so far it’s received nearly 300,000 applications for grade 1 and 8 pupils for the 2020 academic year.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi gets to grips with the online application system at the Diepsloot Youth Centre on 20 May 2019. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Gauteng Education Department said that so far it’s received nearly 300,000 applications for grade 1 and 8 pupils for the 2020 academic year.

Online applications opened on Monday after a week's delay.

The department's Steve Mabona said that there were some problems on the first day.

“We know that some parents received a WA4 reference number instead of the WA1 reference number because the feeder zone maps were slow, due to internet connectivity in the system. The department is attending to this.”

Mabona said parents who experienced technical glitches on the first day of the online application system should not panic.

“We urge parents to make use of Google Chrome as our website is linked with the map. This makes it easy for parents to access the necessary addresses in the system.”