Gauteng parents, you can now apply to any school regardless of your location
MEC for Education in Gauteng, Mr Panyaza Lesufi, recently announced that, as of now, parents can apply to any school for their children, regardless of the location of said school.
“From now on, you can apply to any school of your choice regardless of the location of the school..." – MEC of Education in Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi. (iStock)
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When looking for the perfect public school for your child, the Department of Education has always suggested parents begin by looking at schools closest to where they live. According to the Admission Policy for Ordinary Public Schools, feeder zones are determined in order to control the learner numbers and coordinate parental preferences. The feeder zone rule has therefore always meant that schools must give preference to learners who live within a particular distance from the school. But not anymore.

On 7 March, MEC for Education in Gauteng, Mr Panyaza Lesufi, announced that the proposed Amendments to Regulations Relating to Admission of Learners to Public Schools in 2019 had been approved in terms of Section 4 (9) (a) of the Gauteng Scrutiny of Subordinate Legislation Act No. 5 of 208 as amended. 

“In simple English,” Lesufi explained on Twitter, “From now on, you can apply to any school of your choice regardless of the location of the school or the language taught at that school even if you’re employed or unemployed, poor or rich!” 

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