What To Do If Your Child's School Application Was Rejected

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Grade 1 and Grade 8 are often the start of a brand new journey for many children as they begin a period of several years at a new school. In South Africa, many provinces make use of online application processors to manage the enrolment of children in schools.

 


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School applications for enrollment during the 2023 school year are underway in several provinces. However, for some reason, the application you submitted on behalf of your child for Grade 1 or Grade 8 has been rejected by the school, What Now?

Engage With The School's Governing Body

Parents whose applications were rejected from a school have been advised to take steps to engage with school governing bodies to find out why the application was rejected. 

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) said, “If a learner has not been accepted at a school, the parents are advised to first engage the SGB to establish the reasons why the application was unsuccessful, get clarity on the admission process followed and to motivate for the application to be reconsidered.”

Ask To Be Put Onto A Waiting List 

Some schools that are oversubscribed often have waiting lists. This occurs when schools relieve more applications for placement than there are actual spaces available. Because some learners will not end up attending that school, these schools will have waiting lists. Parents can be asked for their children's names to be put on a waiting list.  

If a space becomes available at your preferred school and your child’s name is at the top of the waiting list, that place will be automatically allocated to you and you will be contacted.

If the methods above are unsuccessful and all other school applications have been unsuccessful, you can contact your province's local education department to find an available place.

It's Important To Note That The South African Schools Act states 

  • For both state and private schools, no one can be refused admission to a school on the basis of race or religion.
  • All children between the ages of 5 and 15 have to go to school. For both state and private schools, children can be accepted in Grade R in the year they turn 5 and in Grade One in the year they turn 6.
  • No one registering at a State school can be charged a registration fee or asked to pay fees upfront.
  • No child can be refused entry to a state school because his or her parents have not paid school fees in the past.
  • Where possible children should be given access to a state school within 5 kilometres of their home. In some provinces, the government assists learners with transport when they live more than 5 kilometres from school.

 

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