The 2022 applications for Grade 1

The 2022 applications for Grade 1 and Grade 8 learners in Gauteng will officially open on August 10 and will be conducted in two phases this year.

Gauteng Department of Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi held a briefing on Sunday, 1 August 2021.

During the briefing Lesufi said they want to prioritise Gauteng pupils who are already in their system unlike previously.

“The first phase will open on the 10th August and close on 3rd September 2021 at midnight. The 2nd phase will commence on the 13th September at 8AM and will close on the 8th October at midnight. The placement of phase 1 will happen between 15th October and 30th November and phase two between November 15th and November 30th,” Lesufi said.

The second phase which will commence on the 13th of September will open for grade 1 applications as well as grade 8 applicants who aren’t in the department’s system. These include those who aren’t from the province as well as those from private and independent schools.

This year walk-in centres across the province to assist those without access to the internet.

“This is for people that don’t have access to data or the internet. We’ve identified 47 decentralised walk-ins where people can just walk in, and they will be assisted. The reason why we are emphasizing this point is because we don’t want out people to be left out.”

This year's #2022OnlineAdmissionsGP is divided into TWO PHASES:

PHASE 1: learners currently in Grade 7 in public schools, but will be starting Grade 8 in 2022

PHASE 2: learners either starting Grade 1 or Grade 8 in 2022, but are currently not in a public school— Gauteng Department of Education (@EducationGP1) August 1, 2021

The Gauteng Education online application system was heavily criticised when people who live outside the Gauteng province got schools first than those who reside in the province who were left behind.

While many parents expressed frustration over online system, Lesufi called on them to embrace it as it provided several cost effective solutions.

“The process has provided several cost-effective solutions. Automating services and moving away from human intervention has freed up manpower from other activities and enables better utilisation of human resources.” Lesufi said.