By Kaya 959 Reporter
The Gauteng Department of Education reported that more than 73 000 applications for Grade 1 and 8 were recorded on Monday.
The GDE officially opened phase 2 of online admission applications to allow parents to apply for a place for their children.
GDE MEC Panyaza Lesufi said at midday, the department had received 73 305 successful Grade 1 and & applications.
“Of the total figure, the number of applications recorded for Grade 1 are 69 300 and Grade 8 recorded 3981 applications,” he said.
The department said this phase was initially meant for parents and guardians with children going to Grade 1 and Grade 8 in the 2022 academic year at Gauteng public schools.
“However, after realising that there were parents and guardians who were not able to apply on time during Phase 1 for learners in Grade 7 at public schools in Gauteng, they will also be able to apply during Phase 2,” the MEC said.
Phase 2 applications ongoing
Lesufi noted that before the system opened on Monday, approximately 9, 000 parents were on the landing page waiting for it to open.
“As such, this caused an administrative delay which needed developers to clear the said users after opening the system at 8am. Parents and guardians are reminded to upload their documents onto the system within 7 days of applying or submit the documents to all schools applied to,” the department said.
Lesufi said it was incredible that the Online Admissions system keeps advancing and making strides as the years progress.
“This year was the first time we launched our two-phased application approach and the extent of its success has been astounding. We are grateful to all parents and guardians who have conveyed their success in applying for their children using our system, Lesufi said.
The GDE team will still be available for assistance during Phase 2 applications on all its social media platforms, decentralised walk-in centres and the Call Centre on 0800 000 789.