“The online application system will be open from June 1 until June 30, 2021. We encourage all parents to make use of the online admission system.”
MORE than 4,800 online school admission applications were recorded by the Northern Cape Department of Education on the first day of its online admission process.
Department spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe said on Tuesday that the admission process had started smoothly and that 4,825 applications had been received by just after lunchtime.
“The online application system will be open from June 1 until June 30, 2021. We encourage all parents to make use of the online admission system to apply for admission for their child and secure a space at a public ordinary school for the 2022 academic year,” said Van der Merwe.
He urged parents with access to the internet to apply “from the comfort of their home” instead of heading to the walk-in centres.
“The department has identified walk-in centres in each district which will assist parents without a device or internet connectivity. We strongly advise parents and legal guardians who can apply on their own, to do so and limit their contact with fellow applicants. The Northern Cape is in the midst of the pandemic and therefore we must adhere to the Covid-19 regulations and guidelines.
“The online admission system would also serve no purpose if parents or legal guardians opt to make use of walk-in centres instead of applying on their own.”
Van der Merwe also urged parents to apply before the deadline.
“With every application, there will be required documentation that must be submitted within seven days and the placement of the child will be done according to specific criteria. All admissions that are submitted after the deadline will be acknowledged and recorded as late applications. Those applications will be considered based on the availability of space at schools.”
He added that admission co-ordinators had been assigned to assist with any queries regarding applications.
“Parents in the Frances Baard District can contact 053 830 1600. Parents in John Taolo Gaetsewe can contact 053 773 9626, parents in Namakwa can call 027 718 8735, those in Pixley ka Seme can contact 053 632 9201 and parents in ZF Mgcawu can call 054 337 6422.”