The Gauteng Education Department has successfully processed a total of 300,907 online applications for Grades 1 and Grade 8.
On Monday at noon, the GDE online admissions system recorded 131,294 applications for Grade 1 and 169,613 applications for Grade 8, per IOL.
The application process will continue until July 14.
While there was a decrease in applications on the opening day compared to the same period in 2023, when the province received over 165,000 applications, the process has been smooth overall.
The department reasoned the decrease in applications was because this year’s application period coincided with the start of a long weekend.
“We believe this decrease may be due to this year’s application period occurring at the start of the long weekend. Within the first hour of opening the system, a whopping 60,000 applications were received. We have acknowledged a challenge faced by some applicants when entering their ID numbers into the system,” explained the department.
The department also identified an issue where some Grade 8 applicants could not enter their previous schools on the system due to a verification problem with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) mechanism. However, refreshing the browser resolved this issue quickly.
Gauteng Education MEC Matome Chiloane expressed satisfaction with the smooth start of the application period and commended the parents for their positive feedback on the system’s efficiency.
Parents and guardians are reminded to upload certified copies of the required documents on the department’s system or submit them to the schools they applied to within seven school days.
Additionally, applicants are advised to provide a reliable and correct cellphone number during registration to receive important SMS notifications and updates about their applications.
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