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NC parents will be able to enrol children ‘from the comfort of their homes’

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New online pupil admission system set to be open from September 1, 2020

In this file picture Kimberley parents are seen queueing outside a city school hoping to get admission for their children. Picture: Danie van der Lith

PUPIL admission in the Northern Cape for the 2021 academic year will be rolled out online from September 1, 2020.

The Northern Cape Department of Education stated on Friday that it wanted to save parents from having to queue outside schools in an attempt to get placement for their children.

Department spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe said that parents would now be able to enrol their children at schools “from the comfort of their homes”.

“For the past two years we have been administering the pupil admissions electronically to pilot the system. This new system will enable parents to enrol their children from the comfort of their homes. The MEC for Education will officially launch the online admission system in August 2020. The pupil admission period will be open for applications from September 1, 2020,” Van der Merwe said.

He added that parents who did not have access to the internet would be assisted at the district offices.

“The department will avail official centres in each district with dedicated personnel to assist parents who do not have access to internet facilities or who do not have data. The online admission system will assist in curbing late admission applications after the closing date as well as the backlog of placements and will also help with social distancing and adherence to the Covid-19 regulations, particularly in preferred schools.”

Van der Merwe emphasised that no school would receive pupil admission applications for the 2021 school academic year. 

“All parents and guardians must make use of either the online admission process or our district-based walk-in centres to complete the applications for their children.”