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School registration for 2015 kicks off

Written by SAnews
Public schools across Gauteng have opened their doors for the registration of learners for the 2015 academic year.

Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy launched the Public School Admissions Campaign recently, which included the distribution of pamphlets encouraging parents to apply now to avoid the last minute rush in 2015.

“There is high demand for space in Gauteng schools. We have over 2 000 public ordinary schools that accommodate 1.9 million learners. Apply early so that we can accommodate you.

“For us, it means we will be able to plan for the number of children who are coming into our system. For parents, it means they will be able to get a school that is closer to their place of work or residence,” MEC Creecy said.

The department processed over 20 000 late applications for the 2014 academic year, an increase from 15 000 in the previous year.

Applying late reduces the chances of parents getting the school of their first choice where they meet the criteria. This also means that learners will be placed at a school where there is space available and this might not be close to where their parents work or reside.

Parents, who wish to register their children for admission to a public school in Gauteng, can go to their nearest school to pick up application forms for learners who want to start Grade 1 or Grade 8 in 2015.

Application forms should be returned to the school by 27 May 2014.

“We once again urge parents to work with us to ensure all our schools are ready to operate from the first day of school in 2015.

Parents who will be applying need to take a completed application form with the following documentation:

  • Birth certificate or certified copy (a baptismal certificate is not acceptable).
  • At least one parent’s ID.
  • Immunisation card (Grade 1).
  • Study permits for legal immigrants.
  • Asylum documents for refugees and asylum seekers.
  • The latest school report card.