May 2018 1st Edition

Online application for Gauteng grade 1 and 8 goes live

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has successfully registered 100 000 learners on its new online application system which went live today.

Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi confirmed this in a tweet and thanked parents for adhering to his department’s call.

Parents were urged to logon to when applying for children who will be in grade 1 and 8 in 2019.

A parent can apply for a maximum of five schools per learner using the following options for Grade 1:

  1. Home Address
  2. Work Address
  3. Sibling
  4. School of Choice

For Grade 8, a parent can apply using the following options:

  1. Home Address
  2. Work Address
  3. Sibling at school (the sibling should not be in Grade 7 or Grade 12 in the current academic year)
  4. Previous school
  5. School of Choice
  6. Schools of Focussed Learning/School of Specialisation.

A parent applying for Grade 8 can indicate the current school that the child is attending. This will identify high schools closest to the current primary school that the learner is attending.

Parent who need internet access can visit the DBE’s 65 admissions centres across the 15 education districts.

Parents can also contact the department on:

Call Centre on (011) 355 0000;

Toll free number 0800 000 789; or


How to apply on the online system

Step 1: fill in details of the parent.

Step 2: fill in the learner details.

Step 3: choose a school using any of the options listed above.

Parents and guardians applying from an internet café or public computer must provide accurate mobile phone number when applying.

Once an application is successful, the parent will receive an SMS.

For Grade 1, the following documents should be submitted to all the schools where applications were made:

  • Parents ID document or Legal Guardian ID
  • Learner Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Home Address or Proof of Work Address
  • Clinic/Immunisation Card

For Grade 8, the following documents should be submitted:

  • Parents ID Document or Legal Guardian ID
  • Learner Birth Certificate
  • Proof of home address or Proof of work Address
  • Report Card

The online application will close at midnight on 28 May 2018.

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