When 2025 School Admission Applications Will Open

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Starting grade 1 and grade 8 is a major step, not only for the child but the parent as well. Now, provincial education departments have commenced with preparations for the 2025 school year.

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The 2025 school year will span from 15 January to 10 December, comprising a total of 199 school days. For many South African children, 15 January will mark their first day of primary school or high school.

Many provincial education departments have revealed when 2025 school admission applications will open with some having already opened.

Here are the 2025 school application opening dates, along with their closing dates.

2025 School Admission Application Dates

Western Cape

 The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is now accepting school enrollment applications for 2025 for Grade 1 and 8 only, with applications having opened on 11 March.

2025 WCED school admission initial applications period closed on 12 April, giving parents and guardians a month to apply. 

Late applications will then be open until 12 May.


The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has officially opened the 2025 admission application period, with KZN school admission applications having opened on 2 April.

The Learner Admissions Period for all public schools in KwaZulu-Natal will close on 30 September 2024.

Northern Cape

The Northern Cape Education Department is set to open the online school admissions application portal for the 2024 learners admissions on 15 April 2024.

Parents and guardians will have just 30 days to submit an admission application as the portal will close on 15 May 2024. 

Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape Department of Education has opened their 2025 admissions application and will be closing the applications at the end of June. 


The Gauteng Department of Education has not yet confirmed the 2025 admissions application dates. 

Free State

2025 school admission applications are now open in the Free State and have been since 3 April. Free State school admission applications will close on 30 August.


The Limpopo Department of Education has not yet confirmed the 2025 admissions application dates. 


The Mpumalanga Department of Education has not yet confirmed the 2025 admissions application dates.

North West

2025 school admission applications are now open in the North West and have been since 3 April. North West school admission applications will close on 22 June.

Parents and guardians living within a specific province are required to submit school applications on behalf of their children during the admission application period set by the Provincial Education Department. 

The method parents and guardians use to submit school applications, what documentation is required and when they will receive the outcome of their child's application are also determined by the PED. 

2025 School Calendar

Schools in inland provinces typically commence on a different date than those in coastal provinces, usually with a one-week gap between them. However, for 2025, schools across the country will commence the first term on the same date (15 January 2025) and conclude it 52 school days later (28 March 2025).

Term Dates

  • Term 1: 15 January - 28 March
  • Term 2: 8 April – 27 June
  • Term 3: 22 July – 3 October
  • Term 4: 13 Oct – 10 December

The 2025 school year will therefore come to an end on 10 December for both inland and coastal schools.

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The Western Cape Education Department has officially opened admission applications for the 2025 school year. Preparations for the next year are currently underway.

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