GDE admissions online application simplified!

Does your child need the GDE admissions either as a Grade 1 or Grade 8 learner? Would you like to find out what steps you should take and what documents you need to provide? Having all of this information and following the steps stated by the GDE is essential. It will determine what would happen eventually to the application status of your child. So, whether you are a parent or a guardian, you have to know the processes involved in the application on behalf of your child/ward. Read on to find out all the details you can benefit from.

Being responsible that all learners in the Gauteng Province have compulsory basic education, the Gauteng Department of Education makes it possible for children to have access to quality teaching, learning, and assessment. To be familiar with the GDE online registration 2021 process is crucial. As a parent or guardian, you also need to know the required documents that must be submitted, how to choose a school for your child/ward, and also, what to do in case your child/ward is denied admission in a school.

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When starting the Gauteng Department of Education online registration for your child, you should follow three important steps in the application process. These stages include:

  1. Entering the details of the parent/legal guardian
  2. Entering the learner's details
  3. Applying to a school

Step 1: Enter details of the parent/legal guardian

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Step 2: Include the information about the learner

On the next page titled Enter Learners Details you have to:

Step 3: Applying to a school

Then you should follow these steps:

1. Choose an application option. You will have to select one of the options: home address, sibling, work address, school within 30-kilometre radius, school beyond 30-kilometre radius and school of focus learning. There are also two options that you can use for placement but not for application; they are boarding school and previous school.

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You can apply to a maximum of 5 schools per child.

2. After finalising the application form, you can press "Submit Application", and the application is made.

3. Then, you will get an SMS that will confirm the successful submission of an application. You would be given a Waiting List reference number that will appear on the screen. The number means that your application was actually submitted. Please check if you get the SMS cause in case you do not receive it, you have to ensure that you have done everything in a proper way.

Note that after you have received the Waiting List reference number, as a parent, you still have the privilege of applying again. After submitting your first application, you will have three options to choose from. You can press "Apply to another school for the same learner", "Apply for another learner" or the Logoff button.

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There are six types of Waiting List reference numbers that you can receive. They are:

Documents to provide

Once you are done with your online registration for 2021, you would be required to submit the following documents in the school that you chose while applying. The list of all the necessary documents will appear on the confirmation note of application for SA citizens and Non-SA citizens.

Therefore, whether the child is entering into Grade 1 or going to Grade 8, the following are the documents that you will need to submit:

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However, if the learner is non-South African, you should submit the documents including:

Make sure that you bring all these documents within the period of seven days of the online application for school admission.

Please note that these are the details of the application process for 2021. Late applications for 2021 Grade 1 and Grade 8 are opened from 22 December 2020 to 22 January 2021 only for parents who have not applied. Parents who prefer to hand-deliver the documents to the school selected may visit the school from 25 – 29 January 2021 to submit the above documents by hand. There will be new updates for the GDE application on the official website of GDE soon. The next application period should be commenced approximately in April or May.

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Some applicants may believe that the process of GDE admissions is difficult. However, the truth is that it is easy when you know all of the information about it. Whether you are a South African or not, do not forget that apart from submitting an online application, all of the required documents necessary to be sent to the school are pivotal. The reason is that it determines whether the admission of the child/ward would be processed or not. We hope that this guide will help you to submit the application successfully. And we wish you to accept the placement of your dreams offered by the department where you child could get the quality education.

DISCLAIMER: This article is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional advice or help and should not be relied on to make decisions of any kind. Any action you take upon the information presented in this article is strictly at your own risk and responsibility!

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