90 305 Western Cape online school applications received for 2024 school year

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) said, as of 30 March, it received applications for 90 305 learners for the 2024 school year. On the 20 March, applications stood at 51 629.

The provincial department opened its online application process on 13 March. The 2024 online application process is open until 23h59 on 14 April 2023.

‘’With parents applying for more than one school for their children, the total number of individual applications to schools received thus far is 298 530. It is extremely important for parents to apply on time for the coming school year, so that our department can plan more effectively for placement for their children,’’ 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 expected 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, our admissions system has remained up and running since the applications window opened.’’

‘’Parents who experience technical problems are able to log a query using the “contact us” option at the top of the admissions page, and we will assist parents with technical issues to resolve each and every problem as soon as possible,’’ added Maynier.

According to the MEC, the department’s technical team worked ‘’long hours throughout weekends and the public holiday’’, to follow up on any outstanding queries.

Maynier reminded parents/caregivers about the WCED’s pop-up stalls at schools and malls, to assist parents in person, to capture applications for parents who do not have access to the internet.


Done By: Mitchum George


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