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Thousands of applications as NC school admissions system goes live

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Twelve-thousand online applications were registered within the first seven minutes when the Northern Cape Department of Education’s online school application system officially opened.

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TWELVE-thousand online applications were registered within the first seven minutes when the Northern Cape Department of Education’s online school application system officially opened on Monday.

The system was officially launched by Northern Cape Premier Dr Zamani Saul, accompanied by the acting MEC for Education, Nontobeko Vilakazi, when they visited Tshwarela Primary School to monitor the walk-in centre before the system went live.

Department spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe said that more than 5 000 applications were successfully processed by midday.

“The online admission system is handling the volume of applications very well, with some parents and legal guardians opting to make use of the identified walk-in centres. Minor challenges relating to connectivity were reported at certain walk-in centres as well as parents and legal guardians encountering problems to capture their applications. We can confirm that the online admissions system is functioning very well, without any technical glitches since it went live at 9am this morning,” said Van der Merwe.

He added that parents have access to the system, while walk-in centres were established for those parents who do not have access to the internet.

“We must emphasise that parents and legal guardians can apply online using their cellphone, laptop or tablet. The walk-in centres were identified for members of the public without a device or internet connectivity, who would be unable to access the online admission system.

“The online system is user friendly, consisting of three steps and should take the applicant a maximum of five minutes to complete.

“The department will 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.

“We ask all members of the public to make use of the online admission system from September 14 until 30, to enrol and secure a space at a public ordinary school for their child for the 2021 school academic year.

“We have established an online admission call centre where the public can contact our technical team on 053 874 7239 or 053 874 7161 or 053 875 7292,” Van der Merwe concluded.