The Gauteng Department of Education will open online applications for schools in May this year.

The department’s head, Edward Mosuwe, officially declared the application period will be between Tuesday, 2nd May and Friday 20th October, according to the Amended Admissions Regulation gazetted in 2012.

Last year’s admission period ran between April and June, while late applicants had until November.

According to Mosuwe, all pupils must be placed by 20th October. This may prove difficult however, as the department still had to deal with tens of thousands of late applicants as late as December and January for the 2017 academic year.

The programme also had issues with the site crashing under the weight of online traffic on the first day of launching.

Parents are encouraged to apply at home, schools, libraries and other identified sites.

The department will have a press conference next week to provide more information on this year’s process.