Schools finalise 2017 enrolment

Parents all around the Western Cape grow anxious as schools’ early enrolment deadline approaches.

This year the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) launched an early enrolment campaign for 2017 to assist parents, officials and schools with the enrolment process as early as possible, so as to accelerate the confirmation of school placement.

Parents were required to submit applications to schools by March 11. The deadline for schools to inform parents of the outcome of their applications is this Friday June 24, meaning not all schools have finalised the process of admissions and have only four days to do so.

Debbie Schäfer, the MEC for Education, said: “Once the June 24 deadline has passed, parents have until Monday July 25 to inform schools of their intent to attend a particular school. This date is important as this then allows the WCED to start capturing school admissions on our online database – the Schools Admission Management System (SAMI).”

This will then allow WCED officials to identify which schools still have spaces and to direct parents to these schools, as well as track the number of unplaced pupils and to follow up with district officials to reduce and resolve these cases.

Ms Schäfer said they expect that this will only be finalised in the middle of the third term.

“Those who have not secured places by the third term are encouraged to contact their nearest district office to assist with placement. Until then, we cannot confirm where spaces are available,” said Ms Schäfer.