Statement by Bronagh Hammond: Director for Communication
Western Cape Education Department
26 March 2021
Media release: School admission process for 2022 extended until 1 April 2021
In recent days the WCED has noticed an upsurge in website activity on the online application system.
We have also received a number of requests from parents to accommodate an extension to allow parents to complete the last few applications.
This morning, it was decided that an extension for applications for the 2022 school year would be granted up until midnight of 1 April 2021.
There will be no further extensions beyond this point. Parents will then have had 35 days to apply. We believe that come 1 April, parents have been given ample time to get the necessary documents together and to complete their applications.
However, the activity on the website over the past few days has indicated that some parents have left this process to the last minute with 16 000 applications being submitted on Tuesday this week, 19 000 on Wednesday and 22 000 yesterday. The site has also had increased activity this morning.
At this stage we have recorded 344 305 applications by 104 038 registered users.
We would like to thank the parents who have applied timeously, and appeal to those that are still to apply, to do so immediately. It is recommended that they do not leave it until the last minute.
Applications can be made either online or through a paper-based application process should a parent not have access to technology. They must please ask the relevant school for the application form. The link to the WCED admissions website is: https://admissions.westerncape.gov.za/admissions/login
Parents must apply to at least 3 schools, including the ones closest to your home, and order their preference on the system.
Parents will be asked to submit the following supporting documents:
- The last official school Report Card
- ID, Birth certificate, passport of the learner; or
- A study permit (foreign learners); or
- Proof of application (study permit) or a police affidavit
- Immunisation card (Road to Health Chart) [Primary Schools Only]
- Proof of Residence (Rates account, Lease agreement, an affidavit confirming residence).
The WCED has created two video tutorials to assist parents to navigate both the registration and application process online. These tutorials have been watched by thousands of parents. Links to the tutorials are below:
The tutorial on “How to register on the website”:
The tutorial on: “How to apply online”:
We ask that parents please cooperate with this plea to apply before next Thursday. Should they still fail to do so, they will still be able to apply, but it will be registered as a late application.