The Gauteng education department says it has received over 73,000 Grade 1-8 online applications for 2022.
“As of 12 noon on Monday – four hours since going live, a total of 73,305 applications were recorded on our system,” said department spokesperson Steve Mabona.
Of that, 69,300 applications were recorded for Grade 1 and 3,981 Grade 8 applications.
Parents who were unable to register their children for Grade 7 are also now able to make online applications.
“It must be noted that, before the system opened this morning, approximately 9,000 parents were on the landing page waiting for it to open,” said Mabona.
“As such, this caused an administrative delay which needed developers to clear the said users after opening the system at 8am,” he added.
Parents and guardians must upload their documents onto the system within seven days of applying.
They can also submit the documents directly to the school they applied to.
“It is incredible that our online admissions system keeps advancing and making strides as the years progress. This year was the first time we launched our two-phased application approach and the extent of its success has been astounding,” said Mabona.
Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said: “We are grateful to all parents and guardians who have conveyed their success in applying for their children using our system.”
Department officials will still be available for assistance during phase-two applications on all social media platforms, decentralised walk-in centres and the call centre on 0800-000-789.