It has been ten days since the 15 April 2022 deadline, to apply for grade 1 and grade 8 placements for the 2023 school year.
More than 120 000 applications were received by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) before the deadline, of which, around 60 000 were for grade 8 placements.
Parents and guardians who missed the deadline will still be able to apply for the placement of children. However, these will be treated as late applications.
The WCED said preference will be given to applications submitted before the deadline.
Despite the number of applications received by the department, the use of online application systems used by various provinces in the country, including Gauteng, has been criticised by parents who may not have access to computers and the internet needed to complete the application.
Outgoing MEC for Education in the Western Cape Debbie Schafer defended the WCED’s use of an online system for the capturing of applications.
She explained that there is no reason why parents or guardians should not be able to submit applications. This as some schools have been assisting parents with applications as they are wifi-hotspots.
Schafer added, “It is better than having to go to five or ten schools individually because then the parents have to physically go to those schools and stand in queues and then apply. There have been some difficulties, we've been piloting it for the last few years but I do believe that it is something that can work and will work”.
Parents Can Apply for:
- Grade R placements
- Grade 1 and 8 placements
- A transfer request for learners in Grades 2-7 and Grades 9-12.
Here are The Documents Required When Submitting A Late Application
- The last official school Report Card
- ID, Birth certificate, passport of the learner; or A study permit (foreign learners); OR Proof of application (study permit)
- Immunisation card (Road to Health Chart) [Primary Schools Only]
- Proof of Residence (Rates account, Lease agreement, an affidavit confirming residence).