The Western Cape receives around 150 000 applications for schools

Western Cape Receives Over 150 000 School Applications

The Western Cape Education Department has already received more than 150 000 applications from parents hoping their child will be admitted to the school of their choice for the 2024 academic year.

For the 2024 academic year, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) launched online applications just over a month ago. The application period ended on April 14, 2023, but parents who are anxious for their child to get a slot are still submitting applications to the Department.

In the first 24 hours, the WCED online application platform had already received 15 843 learner applications across the province. On Tuesday Department MEC, David Maynier, revealed that the Western Cape had received 156 093 applications. A further 9 900 late applications were submitted, bringing the total to 165 993.

While there were 165,993 unique learner applications, parents were permitted to apply to multiple schools, bringing the total number of applications submitted to 536,764.

With very few technological difficulties, the online system has been operating without a hitch. Parents could also fill out applications in person at the Metro Offices closest to them if they didn’t have access to the internet.

Late Applications for WCED School:

As done in previous years, the WCED has kept the online application platform open to allow parents to submit late applications. Parents still wanting to submit applications for their children can do so on the WCED website.

Applications that are submitted after the deadline will all be deemed late applications. Only after taking into account the applications that were submitted on time, would schools examine these applications.

Noting that these applications will be marked as late applications while the application portal is still open is significant. The 25 May 2023 cutoff date for late applications.

In order for their child to get a space, Maynier implores parents to not put off the application process any longer and to submit it as soon as possible. Applications received after the deadline may delay the placement of your child and have an impact on the WCED’s planning procedures.

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