Understanding the grade 1 and 8 placement process
Gauteng Department of Educations has urged parents not to panic if they have not yet received placement offers for their child.
On Monday the Gauteng Department of Education began the placement process for grade one and eight learners for 2024.
The process however can be confusing for some parents as it may be their first time going through the departments online application process.
Here at the South African, we will break down the entire process for you.
WHAT TO DO ONCE YOU RECIEVE A PLACEMENT SMS
Parents of prospective grade one and eight learners for 2024 will receive an SMS from the department regarding their application for their child.
If a placement offer is made, a parent should accept the offer within seven days. They should do this by logging into the website. They could either accept the offer as final and their child is placed at the school, or they can provisionally accept an offer from a school while they wait for more offers from other schools
If the SMS a parent receives notifies them that their child has been placed at a particular school, it means the child only qualifies for placement in one of the school applied for and has been automatically placed.
“As placement offers are received, schools reach capacity and applicants who do no accept an offer in time are transferred to schools with available space”, the department says.
The department has revealed that learners will be placed via a certain admission criteria up until the school reaches capacity.
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Priority is given to those who;
- Home address is within the school’s feeder zone
- They have siblings already in the school applied for, and
- Their previous school is within the feeder zone
Once all those in the above have been placed, placement offers will then be offered to those who;
- Parents work address is within the school’s feeder zone
- Home address is within 30km
- and then those whose home address is beyond 30km