Gauteng online applications grade 1 grade 8

Gauteng Education Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi. Image via: Jairus Mmutle/GCIS

Attention parents: Changes to Gauteng Grade 1 and 8 online applications

Major changes have been made to the Gauteng online application system for Grade 1 and Grade 8 for the 2023 academic year.

Gauteng online applications grade 1 grade 8

Gauteng Education Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi. Image via: Jairus Mmutle/GCIS

The Gauteng Department of Education says there will be no two-phased approach for the Grade 1 and 8 online applications for the 2023 academic year. 

Gauteng online applications for Grade 1 and Grade 8 for the 2023 academic year will commence on 22 July 2022. 


The Gauteng Department of Education said it has reviewed the online system, as well as the previous two-phased approach. 

The department said after an analysis of various online parent surveys and stakeholder consultations, the system has now been enhanced to follow a single application process. This will allow all applicants to apply at the same time during the application period. 

Gauteng Education spokesperson, Steve Mabona said the application period will start on 22 July 2022 at 08:00 AM for Grade 1 and Grade 8 applications, and it will close on 19 August 2022 at 00:00 AM. 

To apply, parents and guardians should visit: and they will receive SMS notifications of placements offers to either accept or decline from 3 – 31 October 2022.

“Grade R learners will not automatically be accepted to Grade 1 without application, even if they apply to the schools where they are currently enrolled in. This means that all learners that are 5 years old turning 6 years old by 30 June 2023 and are currently enrolled in Grade R in a school or ECD centre, as well as learners that are not in any type of school, must apply for admission at a minimum of three and a maximum of five schools.” 

Gauteng Department of Education


Parents and guardians were urged to upload or submit certified copies of the following documents within 7 days of applying:

·         Parent and Child ID or Passport

·         Refugee Permit

·         Asylum Seeker Permit

·         Permanent Residence Permit

·         Study Permit

·         South African Birth Certificate

·         Proof of Home Address

·         Proof of Work Address

·         Latest School Report and Clinic Card/Immunisation Report (Grade 1 only)

Mabona said parents and guardians will be given up until 26 August 2022 (7 days after the application period ends) to upload or submit their documents. However, documents that are uploaded or submitted after the application period closing date will be considered as incomplete applications and will only receive placement at available schools between 1 – 15 December 2022.

“As part of the system enhancement process, Applicants will be afforded the opportunity to make informed choices regarding languages offered when applying to a school. Language of Learning and Teaching, Home Languages, and additional languages offered by each school will be visible on the system to applicants during the application period.

“Parents and guardians applying to boarding schools in Gauteng must apply directly at identified schools, Applications to boarding schools will take place from 1 June 2022 – 19 August 2022.”

Steve Mabona

Placement of applicants with documents uploaded / delivered within the regulated period will be prioritised.

Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi said he is hopeful that the implemented enhancements will be helpful to all applicants.

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