Late school admissions | Western Cape Government

Late school admissions

late school admissionsIs your child starting primary or high school? This is both an exciting and daunting time for both parents and learners, but battling to find a placement for your child can leave you feeling anxious.

Officials of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) work closely with schools and parents to assist new learners to be placed in a school.

The promotion, progression, and transfers in and out of schools have been concluded during the final weeks of the school year last year, and this should help the department to identify available places for your child. 

Children entering school at Grade 1 and Grade 8 levels

Parents of children entering the school system at primary and high school level (Grade 1 and Grade 8) are asked to be patient as popular schools have long waiting lists. Learner enrolment in the Western Cape has increased by an average of 18 248 every year since 2012. This makes it difficult to find accommodation and place all learners, particularly at the start of the year.

In terms of the South African Schools Act, schools have to wait until the 10th school day before they can de-register learners whose parents have not informed the school that they will not be returning to school before they can give away any places that may have opened. Parents will need to keep this in mind as WCED officials try and place all learners as soon as possible.

In some cases, parents apply to only 3 or 4 top schools in the province or the area and they then exclude themselves from very good alternatives because they did not consider other options. Parents are encouraged to apply to a wide range of schools.

The WCED will do the following to help you find a place for your child:

  • Work from the list of unplaced learners on the system to see who still needs a place.
  • Identify which schools still have available places and advise parents of these options.
  • Identify where additional classes can be opened.
  • Will contact you once places are identified, and they will advise you on the options that become available.

Parents in the Western Cape and other provinces, who want to change schools, but have not managed to secure places in new schools are encouraged to keep their children in their current schools.

Can I still register my child?

If you haven’t registered your child for the 2023 academic year, or are still waiting to be placed, you can contact the relevant District Office. If you’re unsure about which district to approach, contact the Call Centre on 0861 923 322.

Here’s what you can do if your child has not been placed in a school:

  • Contact the schools where you applied to make sure they know that you still need a place.
  • Ask the school to re-consider and ask that the learner be placed on the waiting list.
  • Contact other schools in your area as places could become available.
  • Contact the district office to make sure that the learner is on the list of unplaced learners.

You can also contact the following officials who are responsible for managing school admissions.

Head Office

Patricia Van Niekerk
Tel: 021 467 2171

Haneline Jaftha
Tel: 021 467 2126

Metro Central

Bongiwe Nkwali
Tel: 021 514 6927

Julie Cameron
Tel: 021 514 6925

Lecruisa Parsons
Tel: 021 514 6915

Metro East

Patrick Mdledle
Tel: 021 900 7147

Zukiswa Cwayi
Tel: 021 900 7040

Metro North

Patrick Van Wyk
Tel: 021 938 3178

Edwina Koopman
Tel: 021 938 3106

Nontuthuzelo Nxumalo
Tel: 021 938 3131

Metro South

Carlo van der Poel
Tel: 021 374 4107/8

Lucinda Jordan
Tel: 021-704 9376

Anastasia Rose
Tel: 021-370 2120

Cape Winelands

Jean Claude Frolicks
Tel: 023 348 0613

Kevin Van Eeden
Tel: 023 348 0635

Eden and Central Karoo

Ricardo Davids
Tel: 044 803 8370

Johan Van Der Merwe
Tel: 044 803 8323


Suzaan Braaf
Tel: 028 214 7411

Natashia Rhoode
Tel: 028 214 7382

Molene Jantjies
Tel: 028 214 7383

West Coast

Mr Joseph Fredericks
Tel: 021 860 1270

Nomhle Gxowa
Tel: 021 860 1200

Dr Hadley Bastiaan
Tel: 021 860 1200

For more information on late admissions and the admission process, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions - Learner Enrolments.

Track your application

The Western Cape Education Department introduced an online function to assist parents with tracking their school applications

If you still haven’t received a response from the school where you applied, visit the WCED School Admissions website or send an e-mail to

The content on this page was last updated on 5 January 2023