More than 233 000 learners have applied for entry to Gauteng schools in the past five days.
The Gauteng Department of Education confirmed on Monday that these online applications were fir Grade 1 and Grade 8 for the 2021 academic year.
“The Gauteng Department Education wishes to confirm that as at 12pm today [Monday], the Online Admissions system recorded 233 035 online applications. For Grade 1 it's 100 599 and Grade 8 it's 132 436. About 30 796 parents uploaded documents online,” the department’s spokesperson, Steve Mabona said said in a statement.
The online application system was opened on Thursday last week and recorded about 68 000 applications in the first few hours.
Mabona said glitches that were experienced last week have been fixed.
“Indeed, glitches regarding the OTPs (One time pin) and confirmation of individual records by Department of Home Affairs were experienced and resolved within 30 minutes into the application period.
"Parents are reminded to upload documents on the system or submit hard copies at schools applied to, within seven days of making an application.
All those parents who experience difficulty may get the information on the department’s website," he said.
Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, encouraged those who haven’t applied for space to do so.
“We are indebted to parents who embraced our system and encourage those who have not applied to do so at their leisure because the principle of first come first served will not be applicable,” Lesufi said.