The Gauteng online registration for Grade 1 and Grade 8 for the 2023 academic year will open on 22 July 2022, according to the provincial Department of Education (GDE).
The Department also announced that it has stopped its previous two-phased application system. There will now be a single application process that allows all applicants to apply at the same time.
Gauteng online registration 2023
“The application period will start on 22 July 2022 at 08:00am for Grade 1 and Grade 8 applications, and it will close on 19 August 2022 at 00:00am,” the Department said.
“To apply, visit: http://www.gdeadmissions.gov.za. Parents and guardians will receive SMS notifications of placements offers to either accept or decline from 3 – 31 October 2022.
“Grade R learners will not automatically be accepted to Grade 1 without application, even if they apply to the schools where they are currently enrolled in. This means that all learners that are 5 years old turning 6 years old by 30 June 2023 and are currently enrolled in Grade R in a school or ECD centre, as well as learners that are not in any type of school, must apply for admission at a minimum of three and a maximum of five schools.”
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi urged parents to diarise the announced dates to ensure a smooth online registration 2023 process. “We are hopeful that these implemented enhancements will be helpful to all applicants. Accordingly, we must reiterate that capacity remains our challenge in Gauteng, and a factor that applicants must always bear in mind when applying,” he added.
Parents and guardians will need to submit the following documents within seven days of applying:
- Parent and Child ID or Passport
- Refugee Permit
- Asylum Seeker Permit
- Permanent Residence Permit
- Study Permit
- South African Birth Certificate
- Proof of Home Address
- Proof of Work Address
- Latest School Report and Clinic Card/Immunisation Report (Grade 1 only)
“Parents and guardians will be given up until 26 August 2022 (7 days after application period ends) to upload or submit their documents, the Department said.
“However, documents that are uploaded or submitted after the application period closing date will be considered as incomplete applications and will only receive placement at available schools from 1-15 December 2022.”
This year, the system will allow applicants to choose the languages offered when applying. It will display Language of Learning and Teaching, Home Languages and additional languages offered by each school.
Furthermore, unlike in previous years, all GDE online admissions applicants will be able to apply to a school of their choice according to the selected application option.
Working cellphone number
GDE said SMS messages will be sent to parents and guardians reminding them to complete their applications. They will also receive notifications on their profiles in the application system.
“SMS notifications informing applicants whether their application was successful or unsuccessful will be sent from 3-31 October 2022. Therefore, it is highly important that applicants provide ONE reliable and working cellphone number when applying in order to receive notifications and complete their application,” it added.
Schools of Specialisation
Schools of Specialisation will admit learners based on an aptitude or talent from 20 May – 20 June 2022. They will also conduct admission tests, written assessments, trials and auditions for applicants from 20 May – 26 August 2022, with the outcomes communicated to applicants from 20 June 2022 – 9 September 2022.
“Parents who have applied to Schools of Specialisation are urged to accompany their children to these tests and trials to complete the process. Parents and guardians applying to boarding schools in Gauteng must apply directly at identified schools. Applications to boarding schools will take place from 1 June – 19 August 2022,” GDE said.
The following admission regulations will form the basis for placements:
- Home address within feeder zone
- Work address
- Within 30km Radius
- Beyond 30km Radius
“To ensure access for applicants who are unable to apply from the comfort of their homes and or offices, the department has identified Decentralised Walk-In Centres in different areas where applicants will be safely assisted,” the Department concluded.
“In addition, some District Offices and the Head Office will serve as walk-in centres. This information will be made available to the public via schools, districts, the GDE Website and social media platforms.”
GDE urged parents and guardians who may experience challenges to visit its District Offices or the walk-in centres for assistance. Alternatively, they can call its contact centre at 0800 000 789.