Don’t wait! Update on grade 1 and 8 admissions for 2025 - News | Western Cape Education Department

Don’t wait! Update on grade 1 and 8 admissions for 2025

26 March 2024

Statement by Minister David Maynier, Minister of Education Western Cape

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The Grade 1 and 8 online admissions window for the 2025 school year opened at 00h01 on Monday, 11 March 2024. Applications will close at 23h59 on 12 April 2024.

We have now reached the halfway point in our on-time admissions window, and so far, we have already received applications for 59 510 Grade 1 and 8 learners.

Last year, we received over 125 000 Grade 1 and 8 applications, so we appeal to the parents of roughly 65 000 learners who still need to apply to do so immediately. Receiving all the applications on time will make a big difference to our planning and preparations for 2025.

The following certified documents will be required for all applications:

  • The last official school Report Card
  • Proof of identity:
    • ID, Birth certificate, or passport of the learner
    • In the case of a foreign learner: a passport, or a study permit or proof of application for a study permit, or a copy of the parent’s Asylum seeker or Refugee Permit
    • OR A police affidavit if these documents are not available
  • Immunisation card (Road to Health Chart) [Primary Schools only]
  • Proof of Residence (Rates account, lease agreement, an affidavit confirming residence)

You can certify copies of your documents at any police station or post office. Keep these copies together, as you will need to submit the hard copies later this year to the final school your child is accepted to.

When visiting the site, please also take note of the venues that have been made available across all education districts to provide support to parents and guardians who do not have access to internet facilities or need assistance applying online.

We have made over 120 pop-up admission sites available at shopping malls, schools and other facilities, across all 8 education districts.

More information on the admission process, as well as the list of pop-up sites, can be found here:

Don’t Wait! Apply today!


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