School registrations in Gauteng for 2017 can be summed up with many choice words, “disaster” is probably the most family friendly to use in this instance. Our government got clever, not really their strong suite. They decided that in Gauteng only online school registrations will be accepted. In theory this has potential. In reality it falls way short of the mark, and the mark might as well be on Mars (sorry to pinch your words Alice Cooper).
On Monday 11 April, online registrations opened. I tried to register from 7.30 am to 11:00 pm with the system being available intermittently for brief periods until it crashed. We were then informed that the online application system would be available from 8:00 AM today, 19 April. Not feeling a warm sense of security about this, many parents chose to also fill in manual applications at the school together with proof that we had tried online. While I stood in line at school, my husband continued trying online.
About 10 minutes after online applications opened at 8:00 am today, the system again crashed (you’re not surprised are you?) An ‘oops sorry’ message asked applicants to try again at 10:00 am, it’s 12:22 now and the same message appears. However, as some parents have commented, they don’t say which century or time zone is being referred to.
While attempting to register our daughter this morning before the system crashed, my husband managed to get to the point where schools are selected. She has a sibling in our school of choice and we live in Boksburg on the East Rand but the two options given were for schools in the south of Johannesburg. He could not proceed to apply because no Boksburg schools were offered let alone the school where our daughter is currently in Grade R and her brother is in Grade 4.
I have handed in a manual application at our school. At this point I don’t know if it’s worth the paper that it’s written on.
Please comment below to share your experiences with the new system. Is there anyone out there who has registered successfully online?
UPDATE : At 7 pm on 19/4 at long last I managed to complete the application process online and now have a waiting list number. Other parents who I know are still struggling with error messages.
It has now been announced that the system will revert back to A and B lists according to how close you are to the school, instead of the first come, first served system.