2019 Gauteng online school application system: Step-by-step guide


The 2019 round of Gauteng online school application system goes live on Monday, the 16th of April 2018, which requires all parents seeking school for Grade 1 and 8 to engage the online platform. Exceptions has been made for parents without access to the internet:  Here’s how it works:

Parents must visit www.gdeadmissions.gov.za to apply. The department advises parents to use Google Chrome to access the online website, as is it faster than other search engines.

Parents lacking access to the internet

Any parent who lacks access to the internet or require face-to-face assistance should visit one of the decentralised application centres or a community library. The Department will operate 65 admissions centres across the 15 education districts.

Alternatively, parents can contact the Department at the following telephone or email address:

Call Centre on (011) 355 0000;

Toll free number 0800 000 789; or

Email: Gdeinfo@gauteng.gov.za

The online path

  • There will be regular updated news feeds displayed on the notification bar.
  • Parents are required to read the information on the Welcome Page and click on Apply for 2019 to access Terms and Condition. Clicks continue after reading the Terms and Conditions to proceed with the application.
  • Parents can also select the preferred language in which to complete the application form by clicking on Language
    To proceed with the application click on Apply for 2019

The Three Steps

There are three (3) steps in the application process
Step 1 – Enter Parent/Legal Guardian Details
Step 2 – Enter Learner Details
Step 3 – Apply to a School

Parents must complete all three steps for the application to be completed


  • First time user will be required to click “Apply for 2019” button to enter parent information before making an application (ALL users must create new credentials)
  • The “Enter Parent Information” form will pop-up and parent should complete all fields on the form. The parent’s cell phone number is compulsory as this number will be used to communicate with the parents. The Landline and Email fields are
    not compulsory.
  • A Username and Password will be created by Parent to login and access the main application as a User. The Password must be eight (8) characters long consisting of a Capital Letter, Small Letters, Numbers and a Special Character, for example, P@ss2018.
  • Security questions: Parent need to complete the security questions fields. The answers will be used to validate a user when the cell phone number has changed or credentials (username and password) is to be reset
  • A SMS is sent to the parent indicating login username and password
  • After submitting STEP 1 the application will automatically proceed to STEP 2 (ENTER LEARNER DETAILS ) and the colour of STEP 1 will change to GREEN


On this page a parent can enter learner information (Application cannot be made unless learner’s details are captured)

  • Click Submit Learner Details after completing the learner information page
  • STEP 2 will change to GREEN and the application will automatically proceed to STEP 3 (APPLY TO A SCHOOL)


A parent can apply using the following options:

  • Home/Work address option – Applying to a school closest to your home or work address
  • Sibling option – Applying to a school where your child has a sibling doing Grade 1-6 and/or Grade 8-11 currently
  • Previous School Option – (Grade 8 application only)

These options can also be used:

  • School of choice – Applying to a school of preference (NOTE: Applications that do not meet admissions criteria will be allocated a Waiting List B reference number)
  • Application to a School of Specialisation (SOS)
  • Application to a Technical School
  • Application to a School with Boarding facility

Parent must complete all the required fields on the page

  • Select a learner
  • Select the Grade applying for in 2019 (Parent can only apply for Grade 1 or Grade 8)

Select one of the application options:

  • Address(home or work)
  • Sibling
  • Previous school

The system will provide:

  • A list of schools closest to the address (Home or Work) option selected
  •  The name of the school where the sibling is, if sibling details was captured
  • A list of schools closest to the previous school of the learner

When a parent applies using the sibling option they will have to register the sibling details
When a parent applies using the previous school option they will have to give the current school where the child is in Grade 7
After completing the Application Page the parent click “ Apply” to submit application

Waiting list reference

The parent will receive a Waiting List reference number (Confirmation that the application was submitted).

  • An application reference number with a confirmation note will appear on the screen
  • Parent can “Apply again” (Make another application to another school) or “Apply for another learner” ( Enter details of another learner to apply for 2019)

Parents must note the 3 types of waiting list numbers

  • WA – Parent
  • WB – Parent do not qualify in terms of the Admissions Regulation and need to apply to a school where the waiting list will be WA
  • WAB – the system cannot identify the address

NOTE: Documents must be submitted within 7 school days after submitting an application: 16 April 2018 – 5 June 2018


Gauteng online school applications for 2019: All you need to know

  • I tried this 4 times it say error it doesn’t even take me to step 3 when I redo it says learner already exist. When I click to check on my learners dololo.who ever came up with this online thing is pathetic.
    The old ways of going to school of ur choice register was cool.now the gov will place my kid in a school of their choice

    I wonder if the misters’kid school was chosen by the system.

  • This is a waste of time i jv tried many times to log in and everytime i submit parent info the system tell me id has already been registered and it doesnt take me automatically to next level and and wen u try it keeps repeating the same story i gv up

  • I am patrick nyathi cell no;083…
    kids name Nonhlanhla Joy nyathi ID 1207…
    Date of Birth 2012…
    I can have application of 2019 school grd 1 address plot 229 B4 princess Roodepoort 1724 please we can Replay back to this number 083… or email .. .com thank you

  • I tried to apply for 2019;i submit parent details,when i submit leaner details the system tell me id of my child is already registered,what should i do now?from valdah

  • Tenjiswa Hokwana

    I’m at Mathole Roodepoort trying to register my daughter for 2019 in grade 8 but this thing it’s very complicated to me

  • No we need the old way back..i keep on repeating parents information..it doesnt take me to form 2… As my child won’t be registered on time

  • Cecilia Tshegofatso Mongala

    I did register for my son for Grade 8 ,but when i apply for my second child for Grade 1 the system keep on saying my id no already registered.what must i do now

  • I have already registered my grandchild for Gr 1 for 2019, who is in my foster care and she was registered successful at laerskool swartkop in Valhalla South Africa, this was in April. I moved during May to a new are Rietfontein Pretoria, must I re-register or can my successful application just be moved to the new school (district)?

  • Hy my aunt tried online application the problem is she loaded school she doesnt like and cant afford is it possible for her to re -register please she wanted muslim school around soweto

  • I applying for my kids new high school in gauteng.

  • Hi pls assist me I’m trying to Register the child @ Singobile primary school at soshanguve pls assist me , Grade 1 date of birth 29 July 2012 pls register the child pls from Phiri

  • Olekane Masike I’d no : pls register the child

  • Cebisile Sibanda

    Hi I registered at a school near me, I went to submit the documents two days after they did not take the registration’s reference number then a week later I went to submit the documents for my neighbor at the same school they took the reference number and the neighbors have received an SMS saying their documents have been reviewed and i haven’t. What must I do?

  • Sessie Raseroka


  • hey i am trying to login to do follow up on the application but it says invalid password which is the correct password i created

  • I want to register my child for grade 3, are registration still opens, online it only talks about grade 1 and 8… Please advise

  • I am trying to register for 2019 but the system does not allow me to go through,please help


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