Hurry! Gauteng school application deadline looms
Applications for Gauteng schools are closing on 12 June. Make sure you do yours in time!

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) launched its online school application system in 2016, with great success. The website is again open for 2018 registrations for Grade 1, Grade 8 and learners who need to change schools, but the system will shut down completely on the closing date, Monday 12 June. 

Click here to apply online at a Gauteng school for 2018

After you've registered online, parents or legal guardians still need to take the required documents to the respective schools, all before the closing date.

If you choose not to register online by yourself, you may visit one of the 81 walk-in admission centres the GDE has set up to assist parents.

As of today, 230 000 registrations have been processed this year, according to a statement issued by the GDE's acting head of communication, Oupa Bodibe for the Gauteng Provincial Government on 30 May. 

Parents will be notified which school their child has been accepted into between 24 July to 10 August and placements will happen on a first-come-first-serve basis, with space availability the key determinant, Mr Bodibe says. 

Eleven schools in the province have been inundated with between 1 000 and 1 500 applications per grade, while some 58 schools received less than 10 applications. 

It's key that parents take a proactive roll and apply soonest and ensure all documentation has been submitted on time. Those who only register their children later this year or next year when the school year starts, will have to accept that their child will be placed in any school with availability, and not necessarily their school of choice.

School applications for the Western Cape already closed on 24 March 2017.

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