165 993 applications for the 2024 school year received to date | Western Cape Government


165 993 applications for the 2024 school year received to date

25 April 2023

Today I visited support teams at our Head Office and the Department of the Premier, to express my thanks for the many hours of hard work they put in during the admissions period.

I also visited the admissions team at the Metro East Education District office in Kuils River, which helped parents to apply in person if they did not have access to the internet.

The parents of 156 093 learners submitted applications on time during the admissions applications window. The parents of a further 9 900 learners have submitted late applications, as we have kept the online system open to capture these as we have done in previous years.

This brings the number of unique learner applications so far to 165 993. And with parents applying to more than one school, the total number of applications to schools is a whopping 536 764.

This presents a mammoth administrative challenge, and our staff have worked tirelessly to get the applications processed and any technical challenges resolved. They have really shown what we mean by having a government FOR YOU.

It is often a thankless task, which is why we wanted to recognise their efforts.

Late applications

All applications received after the deadline will be considered late applications. These applications will only be considered by schools after they have considered the applications received on time.

Parents are still able to capture applications on the online system, but they will be flagged as late applications. The deadline for late applications will be 25 May 2023. It is imperative that parents do not delay applying any further. By doing so, it will affect our planning processes and could result in delays in placing your child.

We must work together to ensure a smooth start to 2024!

Parents can visit: https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/admissions-202324 to apply.

Media Enquiries: 

Kerry Mauchline
Spokesperson to Minister David Maynier
Western Cape Ministry of Education