Provinces urge parents to register on time for 2022 academic year

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
The Gauteng department of education, which opened its online admissions this week, said that it had already received more than 100 000 applications. Photo: Leon Sadiki/City Press
The Gauteng department of education, which opened its online admissions this week, said that it had already received more than 100 000 applications. Photo: Leon Sadiki/City Press

NEWS


At least two provincial departments of education – Free State and North West – have urged parents to register their children in time for the 2022 academic year to allow for proper planning.

The Gauteng department of education, which opened its online admissions this week, said that it had already received more than 100 000 applications.

Earlier in the week, the North West department of education, which opened registrations in April, encouraged parents of pupils entering grades R, 1 and other years to apply before the September 30 closing date.

North West Education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela said applying on time would assist the department to get enough furniture and avoid overcrowding in classrooms, as well as ensure enough textbooks were ordered so that pupils would not have to share them, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Principals and school governing bodies are advised to encourage parents to submit application forms before the deadline to avoid longer waiting lists
North West Education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela

“While schools are compelled to compile waiting lists, principals and school governing bodies are advised to encourage parents to submit application forms before the deadline to avoid longer waiting lists,” said the department.

Meanwhile, the Free State department of education announced this week that it had extended its registration period to the end of this month.

The spokesperson for the department, Howard Ndaba, explained that because the second term had ended sooner than expected, it had affected the registration period. As a result, not all parents had been able to return the registration forms to schools before July 31.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the early closure of schools for the June holidays as the country battled a third wave of Covid-19 infections.

Free State education department head, Tsoarelo Malakoane, encouraged parents to make use of the application extension for pupil placements for the 2022 academic year.

READ: North West municipality woes: Employees with only matric and costly but fruitless consultancy

On Friday, the Gauteng department of education said it had recorded 104 504 successful applications after opening its online admissions application system for grades 1 and 8 on Tuesday.

Its spokesperson, Steve Mabona, said some parents had faced several challenges while trying to apply on Tuesday.

These included parents receiving error messages when entering their ID numbers and home addresses, even after they had verified their personal details at schools. Some parents also raised concerns about not receiving assistance with the verification of details from schools, said Mabona.

Many parents vented their frustrations on social media platforms, prompting the department to ask those who were tagging it and MEC Panyaza Lesufi to send it direct messages instead.

“Our back-office support – including the districts and schools – have been extremely busy providing assistance to parents and guardians so that they’re better able to navigate the system,” said Mabona.

I had to delete my profile three times and use a different device before my application went through
Soweto mother

Two weeks ago, City Press spoke to two parents who were frustrated because the department had not opened the online application system earlier, as in previous years. In the past, applications opened in either May or June.

The parents told City Press on Wednesday that they had since successfully applied for places for their children.

A West Rand father whose son is beginning Grade 8 next year said he was one of the first 20 people to apply at one of the schools he wanted his son to attend.

“I applied within 10 minutes of the system opening, with no problem,” he said.

However, a Soweto mother whose son is also going into Grade 8 said she had battled to apply on Tuesday.

“I had to delete my profile three times and use a different device before my application went through,” she said.

Two weeks ago, Lesufi announced that the application system now comprised two phases to improve administrative efficiency. Phase one, which opened on Tuesday and will run until September 3, is for pupils who are currently in Grade 7 in public schools in the province and will be going to Grade 8 next year.

Phase two will run from September 13 to October 8 and will be for pupils going to grades 1 and 8 who are not in public schools in the province.


facebook
twitter
linkedin
instagram

Delivering the 

news you need

+27 11 713 9001
news@citypress.co.za
www.citypress.co.za
69 Kingsway Rd, Auckland Park
We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24

E-Editions

Read the digital editions of City Press here.
Read now
Voting Booth
With less than two weeks to go to election day, political parties are ramping up their campaigning, bringing out influencers and celebs at their rallies. Do you think bringing out DJs, celebs and musicians will work to win votes?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I'm not influenced
86% - 36 votes
A gig is gig
10% - 4 votes
Need more of it
5% - 2 votes
Vote