Parents urged to enrol children

2017-05-10 06:01

Northern Cape parents and legal guardians are urged to enrol their children at schools for the 2018 academic year, of which the admission period opened on Monday (08/05) and will close on Wednesday, 31 May.

The Northern Cape Department of Education makes the appeal in an effort to avoid a repetition of the 2017 admission situation, when the late placement of learners had to be done due to late application.

“We want to commence with schooling on the first day of school in January 2018, thus we trust that parents will fulfil this responsibility and provide their cooperation so that the admission process will run smoothly,” said Geoffrey van der Merwe, media liaison officer at the department.

“Education is a right, and parents have the responsibility to ensure that every child of school-going age attend school and have access to education.”

According to Van der Merwe, each school will publicise the date that the school will be open for registrations, and parents or guardians will be informed in writing by the school principal on the outcome of the application from 7 to 11 August.

“Parents and guardians must then inform the school principal in writing within seven days after receipt of the notification whether they accept or decline the grade placement at the school.

“In the event of an appeal, it must be submitted to the Office of the MEC with all the required documentation.”

Late applications for admissions shall be accommodated where place in a school exists, but not necessarily at the learners’ school of choice.

Learners whose parents have been transferred into the province will apply directly to a school. No special treatment will be given to transferred learners.

  • The documents required for admission include: a certified copy of the learner’s official birth certificate or identity document;) a recent school report card;) the clinic or immunisation card of the learner;) a certified copy of the parents’ identity documents;) a statement of the parents’ legal relationship with the learner;) a proof of parents’ residence;) the proof of siblings’ relationship;) a study permit or residence permit (for non-South African citizens).

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