WCED appeals to parents to accept school placements for 2023

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has appealed to parents/caregivers that had successful applications at more than one school to  select which school the learner will the attend,  so that other learners that had unsuccessful can be placed in schools.

Parents have until 17 June to confirm their final choice of school for the 2023 school year, but WCED spokesperson, Bronagh Hammond said that parents who have had a successful answer should not wait until that date to accept.

“These parents are holding up thousands of seats that are available for learners at schools. Lets work together to relieve the stress of other parents as soon as possible and confirm your application today,” said Hammond.

The 2023 admission process ended on 15 April 2022, and school governing bodies have since been applying their admission policies to determine placements for the following year.

On 27 May 2022, the website began to display the outcome of the process to inform parents as to whether their application has been successful or not.

Parents can log onto: https://admissions.westerncape.gov.za/admissions/login

They can then go to “Track Application Status”, select name of learner and then under “Application Status”, it will inform the parent as to whether their application was a) Successful, b) Unsuccessful or c) Has been placed on the waiting list.

The parent must then either “Withdraw” or “Confirm” their application.

“Once they have confirmed acceptance at a school, parents must print and submit a copy of the application, as well as certified copies of the supporting documents, to the school within 7 days of confirming on the system with the school or district office if they have not already submitted hard copies to the school,” said Hammond.

The WCED spokesperson warned parents that if they do not confirm a place at a school by 17 June 2022, then the system will automatically accept the first successful offer from a school on the system for them. She added that if a parent has been unsuccessful at all the schools they have applied to and are notified of a successful placement after 17 June 2022, then they have 3 days to accept the place offered.

If parents require support getting access to their profiles on the website – i.e. Forgotten passwords etc, then they can contact any of the officials listed on the website or their nearest district office. Website link: https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/admissions-officials

“If a learner has not been accepted at a school, the parents are advised to first engage the school governing body to establish the reasons why the application was unsuccessful, get clarity on the admission process followed and to motivate for the application to be reconsidered,” said WCED spokesperson, Bronagh Hammond.

“Parents are advised to stay in touch with the school and request that the learner be placed on a waiting list as some places could still open as parents confirm,” she added.


Done By: Mitchum George