The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has announced that the placement period deadline for the 2022 Online Admissions for Grade 1 and Grade 8 in Gauteng has been extended to 10 December 2021.
The 30 November 2021, was initially the last day to place learners, but unfortunately, due to the massive delay in some parents accepting offers, the GDE has taken a decision to extend the placement period deadline to 10 December 2021.
To date, the department has successfully placed 213 313 (64%) of the 335 091 applications received. The number of unplaced applicants is therefore reduced to 121 778 (Grade 1: 43654 and Grade 8: 6 459).
Gauteng Education spokesperson Steve Mabona said “It must be indicated that, we have received a high volume of applications which have applied pressure to our school’s capacity to accommodate learners.”
Mabona said their officials are working around the clock to manage the demand most of their schools have against the capacity that they are able to accommodate and what they are prioritizing mostly at this stage is ensuring that learners have space in a school in Gauteng before 2022 begins.
“We also plead with those who have not yet received an offer to continue checking their application status and accepting available offers of placement by logging into www.gdeadmissions.gov.za as we will be processing applications and sending out more offers throughout this extended placement period. Parents are advised that offers which remain pending for more than seven (7) days will be auto-accepted as placed to avoid further delays,” added Mabona.
He added that a parent that does not prefer the offer of placement given should lodge an objection by declining the offer online. Objection forms are available online.
“Should a parent remain dissatisfied with the outcome of the objection, they may submit an appeal by declining the objection outcome online. Appeal forms are available online.”
Meanwhile Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said that the Department remains committed to placing all applicants, with or without documents, but it must be noted that placement cannot be made without proof of residence (home address).
“Applicants who have not yet submitted their proof of residence will be afforded an opportunity to submit these in due course”
Lesufi added that Applicants who have missed the deadline to apply to Grade 1 or Grade 8 for the 2022 academic year will be afforded an opportunity to apply during the Late Application period which will begin on 5 January 2022.
“We profusely apologise to those parents who are still awaiting placement notices. This is mainly because the majority of preferred schools are full and the Department is trying hard to expand their capacities. We also call upon those who received offers to either accept or decline the offer as some parents may accept your declined offer. This will assist us in accelerating placements. Your co-operation will be highly appreciated,” concluded Lesufi.