On Sunday addressing the media at Hoerskool MenloPark in Pretoria, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the online registration process is not meant to frustrate parents and guardians, or cause them anxiety. Outlining the plan for the 2023 academic year, the MEC emphasised that the online registration system is meant to be accessible. This was addressing concerns raised regarding the placement process for Grade 1 and 8 pupils for next year.
Lesufi briefly outlined 10 high-pressure primary & secondary schools in Gauteng who received an significant number of applications. The MEC also explained the option parents have to object He has announced the #2023OnlineAdmissionsGP placement period, which will be from 3 October 2022 – 30 November 2022. SMSes with placement offers will be sent continuously throughout the placement period to parents who applied online for Grade 1 & 8.
Lesufi emphasised that placement offers which parents will receive, via SMS or when logging on to https://t.co/Cz8hkRsvke, are based on a specific criteria and the capacity of each school. The department launched the system in 2016 promising it would be a game changer for school admissions. However, due to technical glitches, the system has increasingly become a nightmare for both parents and school management.