Today (13th May) was scheduled to be the opening date for Gauteng online school admissions, but they have been postponed until 20th May at the request of various educational organisations.
According to The Citizen, concerns were raised by the Federation of Association of Governing Bodies of South African Schools, Suid Afrikaanse Onderwysunie, Afriforum and other school governing bodies over the newly amended admission regulations for feeder zones.
“These stakeholders pleaded with the Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, delay the opening of online admission application because the department is implementing the newly amended admissions regulations and feeder zones for the first time,” said the Department’s spokesperson, Steve Mabona.
Furthermore the publications said that the new regulations would ensure equal access to schools as children would not be closed out based on where they live.
The Department has provided a step-by-step user guide (PDF) to clarify how the system functions and acquaint parents with the new processes. Schools and some community centres would serve as walk-in locations to apply for admission to Grade 1 and Grade 8 for the 2010 academic year.
“This will include the amendments to the admissions regulations and the incorporation of the feeder zones. Parents will get a better understanding of the three phase admission process. First registration and application, second placement of pupils and third admission at school,” concluded Mabona.