WCED announces deadline for 2018 enrolment
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Cape Town – The Western Cape education department (WCED) has announced the deadline for applications for enrolment in Western Cape schools for 2018 as Friday March 24, 2017.
"The department has to set an early deadline for applications because of increasing demand for places in schools in the province," it said in a statement on Sunday.
The deadline applied in particular to children entering grade one or grade eight in 2018, and children changing schools. Parents had to apply before the end of the first term of 2017 for 2018 to enable schools to process applications during the second term. The department had to implement measures during the third term to accommodate all children needing places in 2018.
Schools started capturing enrolments for 2018 on Monday January 30, 2017 on the WCED’s SAMI system. School admissions would open on Monday February 6, 2017 for all public schools and close on Friday March 24, 2017.
Schools had to inform parents of the outcome in writing of their applications by June 3, 2017. Parents had to confirm acceptance by the end of the second term, by Friday June 30, 2017.
"We urge parents to confirm acceptance by this deadline to avoid 'double parking' where learners are enrolled at more than one school or appear on several waiting lists. This will make it easier for schools and the department to place learners who relocate unexpectedly at the end of the year and late arrivals.
"We cannot guarantee immediate placement for those who apply late, nor places at schools of choice for anybody. It is thus vital that parents apply at several schools and not just one, as there is no guarantee that their child will be accepted at the one they choose," the department said.