Learner Admissions FAQ | Western Cape Education Department

Learner Admissions FAQ

  • Apply early. Don’t wait till the last day.
  • Parents should apply to at least three schools (including their nearest school).
  • Know the law/check the school’s Admission Policy.
  • Schools may NOT use their own hard copy, online forms or systems, or request any additional information from parents not in line with the South African Schools Act, the Admission Policy for Ordinary Public Schools or POPI Act.
  • Compulsory school-going age (Grade 1) is seven years in the year that the child is in Grade 1.
  • Admission to Grade R is six years in the year that the child is in Grade R.
  • Immunisation card. (Primary School only).
  • Last school report card for learners who have been to school.
  • ID: birth certificate, passport, study permit or proof of application or police affidavit.
  • Proof of Residence.

Certified copies of all documents are required.

1 - 16 August 2024. Parents apply online.

The WCED has not declared any feeder zones/areas.

No. Schools may not charge a fee before accepting a learner.

Appeals open for Grade 1 and 8 applications on 1 August 2024, and for the remaining grades, including Grade R, on 1 October 2024.

Admission appeals may be submitted to the Ministry using the online Admission Appeals Portal.

  1. Click on RESET Password.
  2. Type in ID | Passport or Permit number.
  3. Click on RESET.
  4. Type in the OTP that is sent via SMS to your phone.
  5. Click on VERIFY.
  6. Create a new password and complete the Security information.
  7. Click on Register.
  8. Your password has been RESET.
    Log in using your new password.

How to RESET you Password

You can find “Cape Town” on the “Town” link by selecting “City of Cape Town”.

The selection of Country and Province has been disabled due to it being irrelevant for this application as you should be situated in the Western Cape. So please ignore these two boxes when applying.

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