Late school admissions
Is 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.
Patricia Van Niekerk
Tel: 021 467 2171
Tel: 021 467 2126
Tel: 021 514 6927
Tel: 021 514 6925
Tel: 021 514 6915
Tel: 021 900 7147
Tel: 021 900 7040
Patrick Van Wyk
Tel: 021 938 3178
Tel: 021 938 3106
Tel: 021 938 3131
Carlo van der Poel
Tel: 021 374 4107/8
Tel: 021-704 9376
Tel: 021-370 2120
Jean Claude Frolicks
Tel: 023 348 0613
Kevin Van Eeden
Tel: 023 348 0635
Eden and Central Karoo
Tel: 044 803 8370
Johan Van Der Merwe
Tel: 044 803 8323
Tel: 028 214 7411
Tel: 028 214 7382
Tel: 028 214 7383
Mr Joseph Fredericks
Tel: 021 860 1270
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