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Organization : Gauteng Department of Education
Facility Name : GDE 2021 School Admission FAQs
Applicable For : Grade 1 & Grade 8
Application Opening Date : 25.06.2020
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2021 School Admissions Applications For Grade 1 and Grade 8. Apply now to secure a space for your child.

Related / Similar Facility : 2021 Online Registration


1. Will applicants who apply first be placed first?
No. Applicants will be placed in accordance with the amended Admissions Criteria, which prioritises applicants who live in the school feeder zone from the home address that is closest to the school

2. How long will the Admission Online System be open for applications?
30 Days, including Saturdays and Sundays. The System will close on 25 July 2020

3. Do I have to apply on the first day when the System opens to ensure that my child is placed first?
The applicant who applied first will not be placed first, the applicant who lives in the school feeder zone at the home address that is closest to the school will be placed first.

4. Which Grades should I apply for on the Admissions Online System?
Only apply for learners that are going to Grade 1 and Grade 8 in 2021

5. Do I have to apply for Grade 1 for my child that is currently in Grade R in a public school?
Yes. Parents must apply ONLINE for ALL learners that are going to Grade 1 OR Grade 8 in 2021. Grade R learners are not automatically accepted into Grade 1 at their current school

6. How do I apply for my child who is going to Grade 2 – 7 or Grade 9 – 12 in 2021?
Learners that are already in school in Grade 1 – 6 or Grade 8 – 12 are encouraged to remain in their current schools. Only parents who have relocated should go directly to a school in your area to enquire about availability of space.

7. I would like my child to repeat Grade 1 / Grade 8. Do I apply online?
No. You may only apply ONLINE for learners that are going to Grade 1 or Grade 8 for the first time in 2021

8. Can I apply for my neighbour’s child or my sister’s / brother’s child?
Yes. However, DO NOT use your own profile. You must Register the details (ID Number, cell phone number, address) of your neighbour / sister / brother for their children’s applications

9. How many schools can I apply to for one child?
You can apply to a maximum of 5 different schools

10. Can I apply for more than one child?
Each parent may apply for a maximum of 3 children per Grade. This means each parent can apply to Grade 1 for 3 different learners OR to Grade 8 for another 3 different learners

11. What is a school feeder zone?
A school feeder zone is the area from which a school accepts Its core intake of learners.

12. What application Options are available for applicants to choose from?
There are 5 application options, namely
Option 1 – Home : The applicant learner’s place of residence is closest to the school within the feeder zone
Option 2 – Sibling / Previous School : the applicant learner has a sibling attending the school

Option 3 – Work
: the place of employment of at least one of the applicant learner’s parents is within the feeder zone of the school

Option 4 – 30 kms within of the school
: the applicant learner’s place of residence is within a 30 kms of the school
Option 5 – beyond 30 kms from the school : the applicant learner’s place of residence is beyond a 30 kms from the school

13. How can I make sure that my child is accepted at a school close to my home address?
** When Registering your details (Step 1), make sure that you provide / select your home address accurately

** When Applying to school, (Step 3), select “Home” Option to see the list of schools with feeder zones that cover your home address. Apply to the schools that are closest to your home address

** Note that placement is based on the number of spaces available at the school

14. How do I know that my Application is complete?
You must complete a 3 Step Process as follows
Step 1 : Register Parent Details
Step 2 : Register Learner Details
Step 3 : Apply to a School

When your application is complete, you will receive an SMS with a reference number (Please save this information as you will need it to view your application)

15. How do I ensure that my child is placed at a school that offers the Language that he/she was taught in from Grade 1 to Grade 7?
Select the “Previous School” Option when you Apply to a school. Placement will be offered at a relevant school where space is available

16. Is my child automatically placed at the school/s that I applied to?
No. You will receive an offer of placement from ONE or MORE of the schools during the Placement Period (1 October 2020 to 30 November 2020). Parents must respond by accepting the offer within 7 days to secure placement

17. How do I apply for my twins/triplets to go to Grade 1 / Grade 8 at the same school
The System will allow you to make ONE application for twins / triplets. Note that the learners will be linked to the ONE application on the basis that their date of birth is the same.


If you have questions Email us at gdeinfo [AT] or Call us at 0800 000 789 | 011 355 0000

Add a Comment
  1. Please assist, I need to apply for 10 children to do their Grade 8 in 2021,from an Orphanage home whom they are currently doing Grade 7.
    Your assistance will be highly appreciated.

  2. Hi there, I have registered. I would like to login and upload documents, please assist.

  3. Hi. I would like to register my child for grade R, please assist and advice me on how to go about because I seem to be running into problems everytime I try.
    Thank you in advance.

  4. Tirhani Norman Baloyi

    I have been struggling to log in because the portal is not user friendly. To cover both computer literate and not it should be taking the application straight to fill in and submit the relevant documents. As it is I did not manage to log into the system and do not know what this means for my child next year.

  5. chrestina lethoba

    evening I have been asking for help since late week. I cant submit my documents the respond that I am getting when I submit is that my documents are invalid, I don’t understand because they are on pdf.

  6. HI am struggling to register on this system its doesn’t open when I click on the register button, I would like to register for my daughter who is currently in grade 7 and must be going to grade 8 in 2021 and my 6year old son for grade 1

  7. Good day
    I want to register my child for grade 1 can you help please

  8. I want to register for my child should be going to grade 8 and I’m experiencing some issues

  9. HI

  10. am struggling to go through I want to upload the required documents

  11. Please guys
    I want to register my son who will be doing Grade8 in 2021

  12. I have ben clicking register but it is not responding. please help

  13. hi the system seem to be stuck or has a problem. I have been clicking on ‘register now’ but nothing is happening. please assist I need to submit the documents

  14. Maryjane Sekgota

    Please assist, I can not logon.
    The link does not give us the link to register

  15. Hi there, I have registered. I would like to login and upload documents, please assist.

  16. I would like to apply for my daughter who is currently in grade 7 and must be going to grade 8 in 2021, but I am unable to login please assist

  17. please assist I can not log in, I need to apply for grade 8 ,2021

    1. I would like to register for my daughter who is currently in grade 7 and must be going to grade 8 in 2021.

  18. I would like to register/enrol for my 6 years old boy for Grade 1 in 2021, he was/still in Grade R before the National lockdown of the COVID-19 Pandemic, trusting and hopeful that his Pre-school is ready for re-opening on the 06 July 2020. My only concern at the moment is about parents that are unable/do not have access to internet, smart phones, able to afford data for online registration. I consider myself priviledged that I am able to apply online BUT what about the others. I am appealling to the MEC/minister, SGB, HOD to consider all South African Citizens when making such difficult decisions. Thank you

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