School Admission Applications For 2025 Now Open In Kwazulu-Natal

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The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education wants to ensure a smooth start for the 2025 school year and have opened their 2025 school admission applications. Here's all you need to know. 


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The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has officially opened the admission application period for the year 2025. Parents interested in enrolling their children in schools within the province are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the admission guidelines provided by the province.

The Learner Admissions Period for all public schools in KwaZulu-Natal will run from 2 April 2024, to 30 September 2024. These guidelines for 2025 admissions are designed to inform parents and guardians about the rules and requirements for enrolling their children in public schools in KZN.

It's important to note that the admission policies of each public school are determined by its School Governing Body (SGB) under Section 5(5) of the South African Schools Act. However, these policies must align with the national framework established by the Schools Act and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

Schools will provide information to parents regarding the collection of admission application forms, application deadlines, application outcomes, and acceptance confirmation deadlines. Parents are required to confirm their acceptance of an offered place for their child by 31 August 2024.

Documents Required for KZN School Admissions

  • Official Birth Certificate of the Learner
  • Up-to-Date Immunization Card
  • Most Recent Report Card (for appropriate grade placement)
  • Residence Permit or Study Permit (for non-South African Citizens)
  • Transfer Card (if applicable for students transferring from another school)

It's important to note that public schools cannot deny admission solely based on a lack of documentation. School principals must collaborate with parents to obtain the necessary documentation during the academic year.

Grade Enrolment Criteria

  • For Grade R, students must be four years old and turning five by 30 June of the application year.
  • For Grade 1, students must be five years old and turning six by 30 June of the application year.

School principals are tasked with administering learner admissions and are required to submit monthly progress reports on admissions to the Circuit Managers.

In cases where a student's application is not immediately successful, parents may find their children placed on a waiting list. The school principal must provide written justification for the refusal. Additionally, for parents whose children's applications are not accepted at their first-choice school, the Circuit Office can assist in finding alternative placements.

Parents who are dissatisfied with an admissions decision made by a school have the option to appeal to the Member of the Executive Committee (MEC). The District Admissions Committee is also available to address inquiries or concerns related to the 2025 admissions process. They aim to resolve issues within seven days and will strive to place students in their preferred school or a suitable alternative.

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