More than 51 000 online school applications for 2024 were received in the Western Cape

More than 51 000 online school applications for 2024 were received in the Western Cape by Thursday.

The Western Cape’s Education Department (WCED) opened its online application process on 13 March.

“As of midday on Monday, 20 March 2023, we have received applications for 51 629 learners for the 2024 school year. With parents applying for more than one school for their children, the total number of individual applications to schools received in the first three days of the applications window is 177 714,’’ said David Maynier, Western Cape’s Education MEC.


Maynier says the department experienced a few glitches, but attributed it to a new system the WCED installed.

‘’We have had a few technical niggles along the way, which is par for the course with the change to a new system. However, the move away from the notoriously unstable national government State Information and Technology Agency system has proved to be the right one.

‘’While SITA services experienced outages last week, our admissions system has remained up and running since the applications window opened, and the stability of our site has meant that parents have been able to submit more applications successfully in the first week than last year,’’ he added.

The MEC urged parents who experience technical problems, to log a query using the “contact us” option at the top of the admissions page. Maynier said parents will be assisted by officials with to resolve any technical issues.


Done by: Mitchum George


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