Time running out for Western Cape parents to register children for 2020 school year

AfriForum Education encourages parents in the Western Cape to register their children in time for the 2020 school year. This follows after the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) announced on 15 February 2019 that parents only have until 15 March 2019 to register their children for Grade R, Grade 1 and Grade 8 – therefore this urgent request from AfriForum to make parents aware of the deadline.

“This year the WCED also decided to put an online registration system on trial by identifying certain schools in the Western Cape for which parents can now register online,” says Carien Bloem, AfriForum’s Project Coordinator for Education.

“Parents can still also personally register at schools. AfriForum is however concerned that these two different registration methods could cause confusion in the system. Parents must therefore make sure that they apply to up to three schools of their choice,” adds Bloem.

Parents can find out at the following link whether the schools of their choice are part of the 350 schools that are listed on the online school registration system: www.wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/admissions-201920.

Should parents want to personally register at the schools of their choice, they must take along the following documents:

  • birth certificate of child(ren);
  • immunisation card;
  • transfer letter (should the learner move to the Western Cape from another province);
  • latest school report; and
  • valid study permit, as issued by the Department of Home Affairs (should the learner be from outside South Africa).

Parents will be notified by 12 June 2019 about the school placement of their child(ren) and then have until 12 July 2019 to confirm the placement with the WCED.

Parents who are unsure of how the online registration system works, or who want more information regarding the registration, can visit AfriForum’s website at https://afriforum.co.za/school-registration-western-cape/.

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