Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has once again urged parents to accept the school allocated to their children. Lesufi outlined this during a media briefing at Auditorium 6 Hollard building, Johannesburg on Sunday about the state of the online admission process.
The MEC said the issue of space remains a concern for the department, but all children will be placed.
“The space that we have as a department of basic education in Gauteng and the number of applications don’t match. We’ve got more applications than the available space. So, by extension there are parents that are not going to get their children placed at their preferred schools.”
“There’s no child who is not going to be placed. The only difference is that we might place your child at the school that you didn’t preferred on the base,” says Lesufi.
The MEC has assured parents that their children will be placed despite the anticipated delay.
“We urge parents to remain calm if offers of placement are not received immediately after the commencement of the Placement Period, as all learners will be placed. In order to continue, to adhere to necessary COVID-19 Regulations, parents are advised not to visit schools without prior appointments.”
“It is important to remember 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,” Lesufi said.
He stated that Gauteng capacity for Grade 1 and Grade 8 pupils is 373,000 and has received almost 410,000 applications for placements. He went on to say that parents will receive SMSes from Thursday this week.
“Parents will receive SMSes (texts) to say, “You have applied at School X, and your child has been accepted at School X. Not everyone will receive the SMSes on the same day. What is key, is that when we send the SMS, you’ve got 7 days to accept the offer or forfeit it.” Lesufi said.
To accept offers of placement, parents are urged to log on to www.gdeadmissions.gov.za for enquiries on placements parents may call 0800 000 789.