GDE Admissions: Online Application Guide

GDE Admissions: Step-by-step guide to online application. GDE stands for Gauteng Department of Education. Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) encourage parents to apply online and on time for academic year for their children. The purpose of this article is to show the parents the GDE Admissions step-by-step guidelines stated by the GDE.

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What is GDE?

GDE stands for Gauteng Department of Education. The vision of GDE is to ensure that all learners in Gauteng perform well at school and leave their institutions with the knowledge, values, skills and qualifications that will help them succeed in life. GDE’s mission is to ensure that quality learning and teaching takes place in the classroom every day.

Why Must I Care About GDE Admissions?

Education in South Africa is compulsory from the age of seven (grade 1) to the age of 15 (grade 9), and in total, the South African education system runs all the way from grade 0 (also known as Grade R or the reception year) to grade 12.

As a parent, it is important to familiarize yourself with the GDE online registration process. You also need to know the required documents that must be submitted, what to do if your child’s GDE Admission is denied and also, how to choose a school for your child.

How to apply for a school place

Parents or legal guardians can log on to the system at and follow the below easy steps to apply for a school place;

STEP 1: Enter details of a parent

STEP 2: Enter learner details

STEP 3: Apply to a school

Alternatively, visit a library or one of the admissions operation centres at the nearest district for assistance.

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Documents Required for GDE Admissions

Once you have finished the Gauteng Department of Education online registration process, you will be required to provide the below documents in the school you selected while applying for your child. Submit all the required documents to the school applied to within seven days of the online application for school admission. A List of required documents will appear on the confirmation note of application for both SA citizens and Non-SA citizens. You need to submit the following documents whether your child is entering Grade 1 or heading to Grade 8.

Documents to provide for SA Citizens:

  • Identification document for the parent or legal guardian
  • Learner’s birth certificate
  • Proof of residence or work address
  • Most recent school report of the learner for Grade 7
  • Immunisation documents for Grade 1 (against polio, measles, diphtheria, tuberculosis, tetanus and hepatitis B)

Documents to provide for SA Citizens:

If the learner is non-South African, you should provide the documents including the following

  • Learner passport or Asylum/Refugee Permit
  • Parent/Legal Guardian passport or Asylum/Refugee/Study/Work/Residence permit

6 types of Waiting List numbers

  • WA1 – Parent is living closest to the school in the feeder zone
  • WA2 – A child has a Sibling at the school
  • WA3 – Parent works within a feeder zone of a school
  • WA4 – Parent’s Home Address is within 30 Kilometre radius of a school
  • WB – Parent’s Home Address is beyond 30 kilometre radius of a school
  • WA5 – Schools of Focus Learning

For more information on GDE Admissions, visit this site. For assistance: GDE Call Centre: 0800 000 789, or Email: [email protected]

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