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School admissions go online on Monday

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All parents/legal guardians are urged to make use of the online admission system to secure placings at public ordinary schools for the 2021 academic year.

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PARENTS will no longer have to camp outside city schools overnight to register their children for the 2021 academic year as the new online admission system will be launched next week, September 14-20, from 9am.

The spokesperson for the Northern Cape Department of Education, Geoffrey van der Merwe, indicated that all applications had to be submitted by September 30.

He encouraged all parents/legal guardians to make use of the online admission system to secure placings at public ordinary schools for the 2021 academic year.

“We appeal to the public at large to apply online before making use of the identified district walk-in centres. The online admission system is user friendly and will guide the applicant step by step until your application is complete. You can access http://ncdoeadmissions.org either from a smartphone, laptop or tablet to apply online,” said Van der Merwe.

He stated that walk-in centres would assist with registrations where parents or guardians did not have access to a device or Internet connection.

“The Northern Cape still finds itself in the midst of the pandemic and therefore we must adhere to the Covid-19 regulations and guidelines. We urge the public to observe all regulations and offer their support and co-operation when visiting the walk-in centres. We strongly advise that a limited number of parents and legal guardians visit the centres,” Van der Merwe added.

He pointed out that the online system would save parents from queuing at schools.

“The success of the online admissions system depends on the co-operation we receive from the public. All required documentation must be submitted within seven days of application. Placement will be done according to the specified criteria. All applications submitted after September 30 will be acknowledged and recorded as late and applicants will be considered based on the availability of space.”

Van der Merwe stated that appeals had to be lodged with the office of the MEC for Education within seven days from receiving a notification from the school.

“Appeals will only be considered if they are based on incorrect/unfair application criteria set by the head of the department.

“The online admissions system would serve no purpose, if parents/legal guardians opt to rather make use of the walk-in centres, instead of applying on their own.

“We will monitor the use of the online admissions system and walk-in centres very closely and act swiftly where challenges or system glitches are experienced.”

He added that admission co-ordinators would attend to all online admission queries in each district

Frances Baard District: Mr E Mothibi – 053 830 1600

John Toalo Gaetsewe District: Mr K Masegela – 053 773 9626

Namakwa District: Mr C Cloete – 027 718 8735

Pixley Ka Seme District: Ms L Mdekazi – 053 632 9286

ZF Mgcawu District: Mr D de Wee – 054 337 6422.