The MEC for education, Tate Makgoe, has urged parents and guardians to have their children’s identity document’s (ID) or birth certificate’s with them when applying for admission to various public schools in the province for the 2014 academic year.
According to the Section 15 of the Admission Policy in the National Education Policy Act of 1996, parents must present an official birth certificate of the learner to the principal of the school when they apply for the admission of their children.
“If a parent is unable to submit the birth certificate, the learner may be admitted conditionally, for a period of three months, until a copy of the birth certificate is obtained,” said Makgoe.
He said the documents would make it easier for principals to enforce the relevant section of the admission policy when presented to the school.
Encouraging all parents to start registering their children for 2014, Makgoe added that by complying with the legislation, they would ensure that effective learning and teaching starts on the first day of reopening of schools next year.
According to Makgoe, the department wants to shy away from focusing on the admission processes in January but kick start learning and teaching as soon as possible to produce quality results.
The MEC said the department has taken measures to support principals by reaching an agreement with the department of home affairs to assist parents, learners and schools with acquiring the necessary documents.
Other documents required include the immunisation card, proof of address and transfer letter and last school report card for learners who have been to another school previously.
Additional documents required for non-South African citizens include study permits, temporary or permanent residence permit from the department of home affairs and evidence that the parents of the learners have applied for permission to stay in South Africa.
Makgoe said a child may be registered conditionally if these documents are not available.
“It is however the responsibility of the parent to ensure that the admission of the learner is finalised within three months of the conditional admission. Parents are advised to register learners to schools close to the home or workplace and request a waiting list number in writing from schools.
“Children who are four turning five by 30 June in 2014 MAY be registered for Grade R next year while those who are five turning six by June 2013 may be admitted to grade 1 next year. But all children between the ages of 7 and 15 are compelled to attend school. Parents should ensure that all learners of this age are registered and attend school regularly,” said Makgoe.
He said public schools may not administer any test for admission, nor turn away parents because they are unable to afford the school fees.
“With effect from 15 January 2014 learner ID numbers will be mandatory on SA-SAMS. Learners without ID numbers will not be registered on SA-SAMS, but may be admitted conditionally until a copy of the birth certificate is obtained from the department of home affairs within three months.”