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D-Day for online school admission applications


To date the Northern Cape Department of Education has registered a total of 54,095 successful online applications

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THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Education has reminded parents that the online school admission system will be closing at midnight for all applications tonight.

This is the final opportunity for parents to secure a space online at a public ordinary school for their child for the 2021 academic year.

The online admission system opened for applications on September 14, 2020 and the deadline was extended from September 30 to October 9 to afford parents who had not applied yet the chance to do so.

The department believes that it has provided parents with ample time to submit their online applications with the required documentation.

To date the department has registered a total of 54,095 successful applications.

Department spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe on Friday warned that all applications received after October 9, 2020 will be classified as late applications and will be considered based on the availability of school space.

Elaborating on the chances of placement at various schools, Van der Merwe said considerations and recommendations will be granted to an applicant learner(s) who already has (have) a sibling attending the school of application.

A sibling is regarded as a learner who has at least one parent who is also the parent of a learner who is already attending that school and that he or she resides in the same household as the child already attending the school.

Applicant learner(s) who have a parent/guardian working at the school applied to will be considered.

If the place of residence of the applicant learner(s) is in the same suburb with the school applied to, they will be recommended.

Applicants whose place of residence is adjacent to the suburbs of the school applied to will be considered.

Van der Merwe said that other applicants, in the order of the position of the applicant, would be recommended at the schools only if places remain after all the above-mentioned applicants have been offered places.

The department has expressed its satisfaction with the online admission system.

“The online admission system has proven to be both efficient and effective, whilst handling the volume of applications very well.

“We thank all our school communities, in particular our parents who participated in the online admission process and provided us with wonderful feedback on the function of the system.

“This is what we mean when we say ‘education is a societal matter,’ said Van der Merwe.

The department will start the placement of all applications soon, which it anticipates will be completed by the end of this year.