Having learned from its mistakes during last year’s launch of the Admissions site, the Gauteng Department of Education will put in a number of corrective measures, including with regards to tech, to improve the system.

During the Gauteng Post State of the Province Address, MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi provided updates on the state of the province’s education themes.

“The campaign has been a relative success – obviously with some challenges. A substantial number of learners around 80% were placed by August 2016,” Lesufi said. “Furthermore, 19 000 new applications were received through the 62 walk-in centers that the department had set up in January 2017.”

“The department worked hard and within two weeks in January 2017 had placed a substantial number of both learners that had applied online and those that applied for the first time in January. We are pleased to announce that the number of unplaced learners has been eliminated to 0,” he added.

Lesufi said the department will continue to use the online application system for 2018 learner admission into public schools.

After suffering a system crash due to heavy traffic on its first day of launch in April last year, the department said it has been working on technical challenges experienced in the last admission period and that there are improvements that are being made with regard to enhancements to infrastructure and features.

Technical improvements include the following:

  • Upgrading of the current server infrastructure to accommodate over 30 000 hits per second.
  • ID Verification from Department of Home Affairs will be integrated.
  • GPS will be integrated to ensure that geographic locations are correct.

“We will work with the eGovernment Department to further refine and improve the online application, as a pilot for government wide applications for services. We urge parents to take the opportunity and apply early. Details will be released on due course,” Lesufi said.