Gauteng Education Now Preparing For 2024 School Admissions

The Gauteng Education Department has encouraged parents and guardians to apply on time for learners who are going to Grade 1 or Grade 8 next year, as the online admissions for the two grades begin in July 2024.

According to the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE), online admissions for the 2024 academic year for learners going to Grade 1 and Grade 8 will take place on 22 July 2024. The department has encouraged parents of learners in Grade R to also apply even if it will be at the same school.

Gauteng Education Department’s spokesperson Steve Mabona stated that all children that will be six years old by 30 June 2024 qualify to apply for Grade 1 for the 2024 academic year. Learners who will need boarding are able to apply to boarding schools as applications are currently open.

The department stated that the online system has been reviewed and the issue of document verification has been addressed. After numerous consultations with stakeholders, the system has now been enhanced to follow a single application process which allows all applicants to apply at the same time.

The provincial department is hopeful that the system will work smoothly with all the changes that have been made. Parents are now able to choose the language of teaching and the additional language on the application form.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as there are limited spaces available at schools. Applications may also be made at schools if parents are not able to apply online or they may make use of walk-in centres available in their district, which will be publicized.

The system will also remind parents to complete their application by sending an SMS to their cellphone number. Applications will only be complete once all necessary documents have been uploaded.

Applications will remain open until 19 August 2024. Parents may make use of the GDE admissions website to apply.

Click here to visit the GDE website.

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