‘Register in time’

2019-06-12 06:02

The Free State Department of Education encourages parents to apply for admission for their children for the 2020 acade­mic year.

The department said application forms for learners’ registration and admission are available at schools in the province.

The deadline for the return of application forms is 31 July.

The requirement age for Gr. R is four years when the child turns five by 30 June, and for Gr. 1 five years when the child turns six by 30 June 2020.

The department advises parents whose children are at school age, starting high school or changing school, to ensure they get application forms in time for learners to be registered and admitted on time.

Registering learners in time is necessary to ensure that the 2020 academic year starts according to plan and to avoid disappointment due to late registration.

Howard Ndaba, spokesperson for the department, said part of the plan is that pa­rents must consider registering their children at schools which are situated closer to their home or workplace. He said to ensure compliance and a smooth process, schools have also been encouraged to inform parents of their application statuses seven days after the closing date.

“Those whose applications are unsuccessful should be provided with reasons to enable them to lodge a complaint. In case where learners are changing schools, the most recent report of the learner is required,” he said.

The following documents are required for children who start school: a copy of their birth certificate, proof of parent’s identity and citizenship and the child’s immunisation card.

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