GDE online applications: 47 walk-in centres set up for parents with no internet

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has announced that online applications for grade 8 learners will open from 10 August to 3 September - while grade 1 applications will open from 13 September.

The Gauteng education department on Sunday, 01 August 2021 announced changes to its online learner application system. Pitcure: Twitter/@EducationGP1

JOHANNESBURG – The Gauteng education department has identified 47 walk-in centres across the province where parents and guardians will be assisted in the process for grade 1 and 8 online applications for next year.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has announced that online applications for grade 8 learners will open from 10 August to 3 September - while grade 1 applications will open from 13 September.

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The department launched the online admission system in 2015.

It was set up to prevent parents from having to stand in snaking queues outside schools from the crack of dawn.

However, the process has been marred by technical difficulties in the past due in part to high volumes of applications.

Since its inception the online applications system has experienced challenges, causing frustrated parents to congregate at the department’s district offices seeking clarity on the process.

Announcing the application period, Lesufi said he was hopeful that this year’s phased approach would manage the demand for application and placements more efficiently.

“The Gauteng department of education has introduced new changes aimed at improving the system and making the process easier and more manageable for parents, guardians and public schools in Gauteng.”

Apart from the staggered approach, the MEC has also announced several walk-in centres.

“This is for people that don’t have access to data or the internet. We’ve identified 47 decentralised walk-ins where people can just walk in, and they will be assisted. The reason why we are emphasizing this point is because we don’t want out people to be left out.”

Once the application period is complete, placement will begin on 15 October for grade 8 pupils and on 15 November for grade 1 learners.

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