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Deadline looms for online school applications

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The Northern Cape Department of Education has called on parents who have not yet applied for placement for their Grade 7 seeking admission into Grade 8, to do so before the deadline on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

Parents have until midnight on Wednesday for the placement of their Grade 7 children seeking admission into Grade 8. File image

THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Education has called on parents who have not yet applied for placement for their Grade 7 children seeking admission into Grade 8, to do so before the deadline on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

The Online Learner Admissions will close at midnight on June 30.

Department of Education spokesperson, Lehuma Ntuane said they have received a low number of online learner admission applications for admissions for learners who will be starting high school next year.

“To date, a total of 37 491 successful applications have been received since the admission season started on June 1, 2021. Many parents have applied to more than one school in order to increase their chances of securing space for their child. This represents 19 205 learners seeking placement. Of these applications, only 18 241 applications represent an actual real number of 8 825 new Grade 8 learners seeking placement. We are concerned by the low numbers of Grade 7 seeking admission into Grade 8 in the 2022 academic year. Therefore, we are appealing to all parents and legal guardians who have not applied to do so before the closing date. Our online learner admission system caters for Grade 8 applications,” said Ntuane.

He said they had received more than 13 000 applications for Grade R and Grade 1 learners.

“The Grade R and Grade 1 recorded 13 441 and 5 809 applications respectively. This represents 7 310 and 3 070 learners seeking placement, “ he said.

He said the Frances Baard District had the highest number of applications.

“The Frances Baard district accounts for 17 476 applications received thus far, which represents 7 772 learners seeking placement. It is followed by John Taolo Gaetsewe district with 9 741 applications representing 4 847 learners, ZF Mgcawu district is in third position with 4 803 applications received for 2 623 learners and Pixley ka Seme district recorded 3 479 applications for 2 738 learners while Namakwa district registered 1 975 applications for 1 478 learners,” he said.

Ntuane said the department will in due course announce the next stage of placement of learners for the 2022 academic year.