The Gauteng Department of Basic Education will soon be opening online applications for the 2022 school year.
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the department will be opening applications for learners in grade 1 and grade 8 separately.
"It doesn't make sense to request parents to apply for grade 1s and grade 8s at the same time. It just creates unnecessary rush and unnecessary pressure. For the first time, we have staggered the process. We are starting with the grade 8s only."
Applications will be reopening in two phases:
- Phase 1 - Applications for learners in grade 7 who are currently in public primary schools and want to apply for grade 8.
- Phase 2 - Applications for learners in grade 1 and 8 who are currently not in grade 7 and not in public schools.
While applications are open to all, the education department will be prioritising applications from people based in Gauteng
Applications open for learners moving to grade 8 will open on 10 August, and applications for learners moving to grade 1 will open on 3 September.
The MEC is confident that opening applications in phases will allow the department to handle more queries.
"We are pleased with this arrangement because it will make things easier. We can respond to calls and we can respond to queries"
Learners returned to school in July, and some schools have officially started returning to the traditional timetable system.
Lesufi said he is thrilled that learners have returned to school, following the end of their holiday break.
"The numbers are not that bad to be quite frank. Of the 2300 schools that we have in Gauteng, we had roughly almost close to 80 schools that had challenges of the 2300 that we have"
He said the current problem that most schools are facing is overcrowding, making it difficult for all schools to return to the traditional timetable system.