Dept Extends School Admissions Applications Deadline

Applications for school admissions in the Western Cape have now been extended. This allows parents and guardians more time to register learners for the 2022 school year.


The Western Cape Education Department, better known as the WCED, has said that they'll be extending the online learner applications the 2022 school year.

The application system opened on 26 February 2021 and was then supposed to close on 26 March but will now close on 1 April 2021 at midnight.

The department decided to extend the deadline after it was seen that applications were being done at a late stage and a request for an extension came.

Bronagh Hammond, Director of Communications for the Western Cape Education Department said:

There will be no further extensions beyond this point. Parents will then have had 35 days to apply. We believe that come 1 April, parents have been given ample time to get the necessary documents together and to complete their applications

So far, there have been 344 305 applications by 104 038 registered users.

Applications can be done in two ways: online or manually. If a parent does not have access to technology, they must then ask the relevant school for the application form. 

Online applications can be done on the WCED admissions website.

The following supporting documents are required when applying:

  • The last official school report card;
  • ID, Birth certificate, passport of the learner; or study permit (foreign learners); or proof of application (study permit) or a police affidavit;
  • Immunisation card (Road to Health Chart) [primary schools only]; and
  • Proof of residence (rates account, lease agreement, an affidavit confirming residence).

Parents are advised to apply to at least three schools.

"We would like to thank the parents who have applied timeously, and appeal to those that are still to apply, to do so immediately. It is recommended that they do not leave it until the last minute"


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