Wed. Nov 20th, 2019

Back to school: 10 Gauteng schools at capacity already

Online registrationNearly 290 000 online applications for Grade 1 and Grade 8 learners have been processed, just one day after registrations opened.

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According to the Gauteng Department of Education, more than 135 000 applications were received for Grade 1 learners, and more than 150 000 applications for Grade 8 students.

Online registrations officially opened on 20 May, more than a week late. The launch was postponed after Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi received threats from AfriForum and the Suid Afrikaanse Onderwysers Unie.

Education spokesperson Steve Mabona told Sowetan Live that there some hickups – some parents received the WA4 reference numbers instead of the WA1. The department was attending to the matter:

“This was because the feeder zone maps were slow to load due to the network connectivity and, as such, parents opted for the within 30km radius. […] Parents must not panic as we are rectifying the glitch.”

Online registration issues

Other online issues included users being logged out of the system and redirected to the GIS system, and that parents couldn’t submit admissions for twins and triplets.

Most of the issues have been resolved, but parents still experiencing issues should consider using Google Chrome, as the integration with the GIS systems works smoothly.

Mabona assured parents that “no one will be disadvantaged especially those staying closer to schools.” However, those who haven’t applied yet should take note that admissions applications will close at midnight on 22 July.

Despite the hiccups, Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the “online application system is the future” as it provides equitable opportunity for parents applying at public schools. He adds:

“We are humbled by the overwhelming support and response from parents. Once more, we apologise unreservedly to parents who were frustrated by the slowness in the first few minutes after the system switch-on.”

Gauteng schools reaching capacity

The Gauteng Department of Education confirmed that the province’s top 10 schools have already reached capacity. The schools – and new admissions received – are as follows:

  1. Alberton High School (4 151)
  2. Northcliff High School (4 053)
  3. Boksburg High School (3 797)
  4. Hoërskool Akasia (3 567)
  5. Sir John Adamson High School (3 488)
  6. Rand Park High School (3 443)
  7. Hoërskook President (3 444)
  8. Mondeor High School (3 300)
  9. Hoërskool Gerrit Maritz (3 069)
  10. Pretoria High School for Girls (3 029)

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