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Only ten days remain for school placement applications

Only ten days remain for school placement applications

Niël Terblanché
ONLY ten days remain on the National Admission Schedule for parents and guardians to complete the process of applying and registering their children in the schools of their choice for the 2020 school year.
Principals, teachers and inspectors are hard at work to ensure that the current admission process of learners to the schools of their choice goes smoothly and that all application and admission requirements are adhered to.
The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture issued a statement in which parents and guardians are reminded of the fact that the application process for the admission of children to the schools of their choice in 2020 has already started and that only ten days remain before the official process is completed.
Parents and guardians are reminded of the fact that people applying for a place in Grade 1 should take note that according to the Education Act No. 16 of 2001, school attendance is compulsory for every child from the beginning of the year in which such a learner attains the age of seven.
People applying for places in Pre-primary schools are further reminded that only learners aged five years before or on 31 December of the academic year may be admitted as per the entry requirements for Pre-Primary.
Parents and guardians should follow the correct application procedures.
Guidelines are: Apply for admission at a school near you or a school of your choice during the month of May 2019 and to obtain an application form from the school which should be filled in conformity with the guidelines provided.
The ministry’s statement reiterated that learners that are already attending a school where the next grade exists will not be allowed to move to another school as the child already has an automatic place in the next grade, except in cases where parents move from one region to another.
“In such cases, applications should be supported by a letter of transfer from the parents or the legal guardian’s employer or pastor. The principal of the new school where such a child is being transferred to should request the cumulative record of the enrolled learner from the previous school,” the education ministry said.
According to the statement, schools would inform parents in writing by 26 July 2019 about the outcome of their application.
Parents whose children do not have guaranteed space at their school of choice should approach the regional director’s office.
With regard to school and application fees the ministry has advised the Inspectors of Education should guard against schools that charge exorbitant fees for applications.
“Application fees are only for administrative purposes such as photocopies and do not guarantee a space in schools. The Ministry is kindly requesting parents and guardians to urgently report cases where exorbitant fees are charged to the nearest Education Office or to the Director of Education in their respective regions.”
The Ministry urged parents to be cognizant of the fact that each school is unique, and logistics put in place may be based on their environment and administration processes and people to contact schools and the Directorates of Education, Arts and Culture in the respective regions for further guidance.

Summary of National Admission Schedule:
– May 2019, parents to submit application forms to schools
– June 2019, schools to process applications
– July 2019, schools to inform parents of the outcome of the application
– August 2019, schools to notify inspectors of education and regional director and October 2019, the regional directors to inform Head Office (PQA) on progress.

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