The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) informed the public on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, that the Online Admissions Learner Placement Period for Grade 1 and 8, for the 2020 academic year, is already in commencement .
The GDE noted that the placement of applicant learners is a process and that communicating with parents would be another process.
“Offers of placement will not be sent to all parents on the same day, as the Department will be processing offers systematically in line with the order of application options outlined in the Admissions Regulations. Parents of learners who have submitted required documents are therefore reminded to expect offers of placement via SMS from Wednesday, 18 September 2019 to 31 October 2019,” said Steve Mabona spokesperson of Department of Education.
The WA1 – WA4 numbers issued during the application period won’t be used as the basis to determine placement.
First preference is given to applicant learners who live closest to the school and within the feeder zone as the Admissions Regulations requires. Secondly, it is also beneficial for the applicant learner if they have a sibling attending the said school or the previous school is closest to the school in the feeder zone. Lastly, it is required that the place of employment of at least one of the applicant learner’s parents is within the feeder zone of the school.
The department wishes to remind parents that placement offers must be accepted within Seven School Days, therefore, the first offers received must be accepted by 8 October 2019. It notes that schools will be closed from 20 September 2019 to 1 October 2019. However, school holidays are NOT counted as part of the Seven School Days.
“We wish to call upon parents to remain calm if offers of placement are not received immediately after the commencement of the Placement Period. It is paramount to note that the capacity of each school will determine the number of applicants that receive placement offers and the number of learners ultimately admitted to the school,” said MEC Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC for Education.