GDE Grade 1 and 8 registrations open today – what you need to know

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has announced the opening of the online applications for parents who seek admission for their children in Grades 1 and 8 in 2019.

The system, which is relatively new, is reportedly capable of handling large application numbers. It experienced 90 994 applications when it was first implemented in 2017.

It is important to note that a current enrollment in Grade R does not guarantee admission to Grade 1 at the same school for 2019. A normal application must be submitted.

There are several things that parents wanting to register their children for Grades 1 and 8 for the 2019 school year need to be aware of, as follows:

Three-step application

The process is short and sweet, involving only three steps.

Step 1: Enter parent/ legal guardian details

Step 2: Enter learner details

Step 3: Apply to a school

Parents must be aware that they will need to complete all three steps for a successful application, and that they can only make application to a maximum of five schools.

Required documents

Required documents for South African citizens:

• Parent/ legal guardian’s ID

• Proof of home/ work address

• Child’s birth certificate

• Clinic card (Grade 1)

• Latest school academic report card (Grade 8)

Required documents for non-South African citizens:

• Child’s asylum-seeker/ refugee permit

• Parent/ legal guardian’s passport

• Proof of home/ work address

• Latest school academic report card (Grade 8)

N.B.: Required documents must be submitted directly to all schools where applications were made within seven days of application.

Important timelines to note

• 16 April–28 May — Online application period for Grades 1 and 8

• 10 April–11 May — Re-enrolment period for all grades at current schools

• 18 July–28 September — Placement period

Online application video tutorials

The GDE released a series of videos on YouTube last year to guide users through the application process. They can be found at:

The following link will take you to the application site: https://www.gdeadmissions.gov.za/Home/TermsAndConditions/

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Blake Linder
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