Image: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi Picture: Oupa Mokoena

CAPE TOWN - Over the weekend, the new school online registration platform for Gauteng students from Grade 1 to Grade 8 experienced over 800 attempts from hackers trying to get into the system. 

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has assured parents that the 2019 school registration portal is safe, EWN reported. 

“We are using one of the reliable institutions to carry our servers and there is no way that that server can be hacked and we just want to warn those people that they must not waste their time, there is no way that that server can be hacked,” Lesufi was reported as saying.

Additionally, reports and complaints by parents suggest that schools have also been causing problems with the whole new system. 

The problem which surfaced was that schools were claiming to be full when parents submitted their relevant documents, according to Lefusi. 

“The only thing we’re picking up is the complaints from parents that some of the schools are even reluctant to take their documents because they’re told the schools are full even before they could take those documents. It’s something we’re working around as a team to rectify,” Lesufi said according to The Huffington Post.

Elijah Mhlanga, the spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education, took to Twitter and warned parents that they must submit registrations through the portal and not directly to the school.

On the day of its launch, in the first hour of the online system going live, around 45 239 applications for grade 1 and 8 classes for  2019 were completed.

So far, around 200 000 applications had been received through the portal.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyanza Lesufi on Monday said the ongoing online registration will assist to identify schools that need a "language change". 

"Even if you don't have money, your child will go to the school you want them to go to."

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