The Education MEC said parents now had the option to choose which school they wanted their child to attend.

Johannesburg - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on Thursday that online applications for 2019 grade one and eight learn will open on Monday, April 16.

"We have modernised this system, it will take parents less than five minutes," said Lesufi.

The Education MEC said parents now had the option to choose which school they wanted their child to attend and wouldn't be forced to select certain schools based on their demographics and language.

"Each parent is allowed to apply five times," explained Lesufi. "Anyone who doesn't have data must go to their nearest community library." 

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He said parents, who wanted to physically apply could also go to their nearest district offices, where they would be assisted. Alternatively, they can call the GDE call centre.

* Visit the Department of Basic Education's website for further information. Remember to have the relevant supporting documents at hand.

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