Is your child/ward seeking for the GDE admissions either as a Grade 1 or Grade 8 learner? Do you know what steps it requires and the documents to provide? Understanding and following the steps laid down by the GDE are fundamental because they determine what would happen eventually to the application status of a learner. So, whether you are a parent or a guardian, in this article, you will discover the procedures that you need to follow when applying on behalf of your child/ward.
With a mandate to ensure that learners continuously have a compulsory basic education in the province, the Gauteng Department of Education sees that there is access to quality teaching. And to enjoy this, understanding the GDE online registration 2019 process is paramount. Apart from that, as a parent or guardian, you also need to know the required documents that must be submitted, how to choose a school for your child/ward, and also, what to do in case your child/ward is denied admission in a school. Therefore, reading this article will benefit you so much. How do I apply for a school place?
When you are embarking on the Gauteng Department of Education online registration for your child, three stages or steps must be followed in the application process.
These stages include:
Entering the details of the parent/legal guardian
Entering the learner’s details
Applying to a School
Step 1: Entering details of the parent/legal guardian
- *As a parent, if you are a first time user, you would be required to click the “Apply for 2019” button once you are on the official website of the GDE. The page that opens next after clicking is where you would need to enter your information before you can make any application
- *After the “Enter Parent Information” form pops up, you have to complete every required field that is indicated with an asterisk. Specifically, the information that you would be required to provide include municipality, street name and number, your phone number and so on.
- *Then, you will have to enter a valid South African ID number. Once you do so, the system has been automatically configured to supply the names that are associated with every identification number. By implication, when you are applying, ensure that you have your ID as the parent and the learner’s ID already available.
- *In the application process, you will have to create a username as well as a password which you will use to get access to the main application. Make sure that the password is unique and not easy to forget.
- *Once your account is created, you will receive an SMS providing you with the username and password. So, anytime you have queries or any other challenges, you can always use that to access the portal.
Step 2: Enter learner details
Once you land on the learner’s page, the following are what you would do
- *Enter the information of the learner. This is very important because no application can be made except for the details of the learner that have been entered. Some of the information that you would be required to fill in include choosing whether the learner is South African or not, the identification number, province, and the current grade
- *Once you have filled all the required spaces, the next thing to do is to click the “Submit Learner Details” button.
- *If you do everything well, once you click that button, the colour indicated on the second stage will change to green, and from there, you will be directed to the third stage automatically.
Step 3: Applying to a school
While the learner’s name would have been displayed automatically on the page, the only things that you would be required to do are:
- 1. Select an application option. You will have to choose from these options: home, work, sibling and previous school (but note that the last option which is the school is only meant for those who are applying for Grade 8). Note these as you apply:
- *If you choose the “home/work address” option, this means that the system will automatically filter the schools and ask you to select one from the options that are either close to your home or work address.
- *Also, if you choose the “sibling” option, you may apply to a school where your child has a sibling that is in Grade 1-6 and/or Grade 8-11. To get this option chosen, that means that you will need to provide information about that sibling.
- *Then, if you select the “previous school” option, this means that the name of the school where the child you are registering for is in Grade 7 has to be provided.
- Other options available to you after you have made the first application are: Apply to a school of choice. The only challenge is with this option is that if the application does not meet the admissions criteria, it would be allocated a reference number on a Waiting List B. You can also apply to a particular school that has a specialized focus (SOS). Last, you can apply to any school that has a boarding facility.
- 2. Once you have completed the application page, the next thing that you would do is to click the “Apply” button to submit your application.
- 3. After that, you would be given a Waiting List reference number which will appear on the screen. The number is to confirm that your application was actually submitted. So, if you do not receive it, then, you may have to review all that you have done so far.
- Note that after you have received the Waiting List reference number, as a parent, you still have the privilege of applying again. By implication, once the page containing the Waiting List reference number pops up, you will see two options there which are “Apply again” and “Apply for another learner”. If you choose the “Apply again” option, you will be able to make another application to a different school for the same learner that you applied on behalf of in the first place.