“This means the application was successful, but the parent has not indicated their final choice on the system,” Schäfer said.
Parents have until Thursday to confirm placement at their schools of choice. If they do not confirm their choice, the Western Cape Education Department will allocate the first place where their application was successful.
A senior lecturer at Stellenbosch University’s department of education policy studies, Nuran Davids, said: “The problem lies in the assumptions that the department made that most parents in the province were not just literate in that they can read and write, but that they are digitally literate and can navigate their way through the application forms online.
“The other assumption is that the typical mother in the province has access to the internet. How many mothers in the province really have the sort of access to the internet that you need for these applications and also how do they access the internet?”