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Online school admission “progressing smoothly” says dept

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17 647 applications were submitted during the first week.

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THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Education has indicated that the online 2021 admission process was progressing smoothly.

Spokesperson for the Department of Education Geoffrey van der Merwe on Monday said the online admission system would remain open until September 30.

“We would like to encourage parents and legal guardians who haven’t applied yet, to do so and secure a space for his/her child for the 2021 school academic year at a public ordinary school.”

He stated that 17 647 online applications were submitted during the first week.

“The Frances Baard district accounted for 55,9 percent of the total number of applications, while the Namakwa district accounts for the least number of applications received at 3,5 percent.”

He said the successful number of applications per Grade was as follows:

34 percent of applications for Grade 8;

31 percent for Grade R

14 percent of applications for Grade 1.

Van der Merwe stated that they were aware that certain areas/towns in the Province were experiencing challenges in terms of internet connectivity.

“To mitigate these and other factors which may have an impact on the online admission process, we identified 154 walk-in centres to assist parents/legal guardians without a device/gadget or internet connectivity to complete the application.”

He said the department would continue to monitor the use of the online admission system and walk-in centres for the duration of the admission period and act swiftly where challenges are reported.