Grades 1 and 8 placement date for 2020 admissions set for 18 September


    JOHANNESBURG – The Gauteng Department of Education has announced a new date of 2020 admission for grades 1 and 8.

    The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has revised the date to commence with the placement of grades 1 and 8 learners to 18 September this year.  

    The placement period for next year’s learner admissions was scheduled to commence on Friday, 30 August, however, parents of learners who have submitted required documents should expect to receive offers of placement via SMS from 18 September to 31 October.

    According to the Gauteng Department of Education, the purpose of the date revision of offers of placement is to allow the department and schools sufficient time to scrutinise and verify all schools’ waiting lists to ensure that no learner will be unfairly disadvantaged.

    Officials and schools are currently engaged in extended verification of schools’ waiting lists in line with the admissions criteria as outlined in Regulation 6 (2) and (3) of the Amended Admissions Regulations. The department wishes to reiterate that the WA1–WA4 numbers issued during the application period will not be used as the basis to determine placement.

    Offers of placement will not be sent to all parents on the same day, as the department will be processing offers systematically, in line with the order of application options outlined in the admissions regulations. Placement offers must be accepted within seven school days, therefore, the first offers received must be accepted by 8 October. School holidays are not counted as part of the seven school days, however, parents are welcome to visit the districts or head office to accept offers during the September 2019 school holidays.

    Parents may also accept offers online by logging on to or by visiting the nearest school during school days.

    The Gauteng Department of Education would like to appeal to parents to remain calm as it will be impossible for all parents to receive an SMS on the same day. Parents must also remember that the capacity of each school will determine a final number of learners to be admitted at a school.

    Details: Gauteng Department of Education spokesperson Steve Mabona 072 574 3860.

    Source: Sandton Chronicles