Western Cape Parents Urged To Accept School Placement Offers

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Parents who have submitted school admission applications in the Western Cape have been advised to accept the placement offers. The department has also emphasized the importance of doing this within the specified deadline. 


The Western Cape Department of Basic Education (WCED) is calling on all parents who have applied for WCED admissions during the on-time admissions period and received placement offers to confirm their preferred school.

This cohort of applicants can now view the outcome of their application on the WCED online admissions system. 

How to check your application outcome

To do this, parents must visit the Western Cape school admissions website. Go to the “Track Application Status” tab, Select the name of the learner. Under “Application Status”, it will inform the parent as to whether their WCED online application was successful, or unsuccessful or whether the learner has been placed on a waiting list  

In addition to this, parents have been urged to confirm their acceptance of the placements at schools between 29 May and 19 June 2023.

The department has also stated that if a learner has been accepted at more than one school and parents have not decided on a school within the specified deadline, the first school to which they applied will automatically be prioritized.

In the event that a learner’s WCED online application is rejected in all chosen schools, parents have been advised to contact WCED for assistance in being allocated available space. It is also worth noting that parents will only have three days to accept a placement offer if they are offered one at a school after 19 June.

Although the online WCED admissions system is currently closed, parents can still submit their 2024 school applications by completing a learner placement form and submitting this at their education district office.

The WCED’s on-time school application period began on 13 March and closed on 14 April. Following this, the department opened late applications, which closed on 25 May.  

Western Cape Education Back On Track Campaign 

Western Cape Education MEC David Maynier further stated that in the coming months, the department will share details regarding its plans to build 21 new schools and 289 classrooms at existing schools in the areas of highest demand for placement based on the applications they have received thus far.

This forms part of the Western Cape Education Back On Track Campaign, a programme implemented by the Western Cape government to help 333 schools recover from Covid-19-related learning losses.

The programme aims to improve mathematics and languages by providing students with extra classes and resources.

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