- Gauteng is one of the provinces with the highest amount of Covid-19 infections
- This has made opening admissions for Grade 1 and 8 students difficult for the Department of Education
- Thankfully, the province will be opening online applications for the 2021 academic year
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The Gauteng Department of Education has announced that online admissions for Grades 1 and 8 have officially opened.
Admissions opened at 8:00 on Thursday and will remain open until midnight on 25 July explained MEC Panyaza Lesufi.
Parents of children in Grade R to 7 were encouraged to apply for admission for the 2021 academic year.
Lesufi explained that the application process consisted of three steps, urging parents and guardians to ensure they complete all the required details.
Parents who do not have internet access may make use of 34 decentralised walk-in centres across the province to apply.
These walk-in centres include all district offices and the head office of schools with a detailed list of addresses available on the department's website.
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The department has introduced a feature which allows parents to upload documents onto the online application system.
Parents can now choose between uploading the documents online for all schools to access or submitting hard copies to the school itself.
Uploading the documents can even be done using a smartphone or any other computer device.
After applying, parents must submit the following documents within seven days:
- Parents’ identity documents or passports
- Child’s birth certificate
- Child’s clinic card or proof of immunisation
- Proof of residence
The MEC called on parents to avoid schools amid the Covid-19 pandemic, commenting:
“Schools cannot help walk-in applicants due to the high risk of infection and spread of the coronavirus. All schools will, as a safety precaution, provide for parents to drop documents off at an identified area at the school gate, away from classrooms and offices.”
Briefly.co.za reported that Western Cape parents had protested the allegedly premature opening of schools during this troubled time on Thursday.
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