The Western Cape Department of Education has decided to extend applications for the 2022 school year.
Applications opened on 26 February and were originally set to close on 26 March. The department has now extended the closing date to 1 April 2021.
Parents and caregivers can submit their applications on the Western Cape Department of Education website: https://admissions.westerncape.gov.za/admissions/login.
Western Cape Education Department spokesperson, Bronagh Hammond said the extension was granted after the department received requests from parents.
“We have also received a number of requests from parents to accommodate an extension to allow parents to complete the last few applications. It was decided that an extension for applications for the 2022 school year would be granted up until midnight of 1 April 2021.
“There will be no further extensions beyond this point. Parents will then have had 35 days to apply. We believe that come 1 April, parents have been given ample time to get the necessary documents together and to complete their applications,” department spokesperson, Bronagh Hammond said on Friday.
Hammond said the department's website witnessed an increase in visits during the last few days of applications being open, indicating that thousands of parents left the application process to the last minute.
“At this stage we have recorded 344 305 applications by 104 038 registered users. We would like to thank the parents who have applied timeously, and appeal to those that are still to apply, to do so immediately. It is recommended that they do not leave it until the last minute,” Hammond said.
Hammond has encouraged parents to apply to at least three schools, including schools closest to home.
The following supporting documents are needed when applying:
- Most recent official school report
- ID, birth certificate, passport of the learner; or a study permit (foreign learners); or proof of application (study permit) or a police affidavit;
- Immunisation card (This applies to primary schools Only)
- Proof of residence