[2020/2021] GDE Gauteng Department of Education Grade 1 And 8 Admission Registration

By | June 24, 2020

GDE Admissions 2020 / 2021

Step-by-step guide: GDE Grade 1 & 8 Admissions Online Applications


#GDE 2021 Online Admissions | 2021 Academic year Online Application for Grade 1 & 8 is scheduled to commence on Thursday, 25 June till Saturday 25 July 2020

GDE Admissions Online Applications for 2020 (Grade 1 and Grade 8 in Public Schools)

High Pressure Schools

This is for schools that receive a high number of applications. Many schools are in demand and preference might be given to learners with special needs or learners who reside closer to the school.

GDE Important Application Dates

25 June 2020 – 25 July 2020

Apply to a maximum of 5 schools. Remember to use the Home option at least once to apply to schools with Feeder Zones that cover your home address

25 June 2020 – 31 July 2020

Remember to submit documents to All the schools that you applied to in 7 days after applying. Documents can also be uploaded on the System to ONE school for the other schools to view.

25 June 2020 – 25 July 2020

There are Decentralised Walk-in Centres where parents can be assisted to make applications from 08:00 to 16:00.

25 June 2020 – 25 July 2020

Note that you can also use your cellphone to make an application. Please use a reliable cell phone number as the Department will send regular SMSes to the cell phone you used to Register and Apply.

If you have questions

Email us at gdeinfo@gauteng.gov.za or Call us at 0800 000 789 | 011 355 0000

GDE Admissions 2021: Step-by-Step Guide to Online Application

When can we start applying to schools for 2021?

The Department will open for applications for Admissions on 25 June 2020, at 8:00
AM and close on 25 July 2020 at midnight (24:00)

Is the Admissions Online application system available
for applications to ALL Grades

No. Parents may apply online for Grade 1 and Grade 8 ONLY. Learners in Grade 2-7 and 9 -12 will be re-enrolled at their current schools
Note that the Department does not encourage parents to move learners form one school to the other as majority of school are full in all grades

Where should I go to apply?

You may logon on to www.gdeadmissions.gov.za OR
Go to any Public Ordinary School in your area, any District Office or the Provincial Department of Education for face to face assistance. In addition, the Office of the Premier, identified public libraries and community centres will serve as walk-in centres to assist with applications

Can the parent register and apply for more than one
child at the same time?

Yes. The system allows a parent to register and apply for more than one child at
the same time

Can I apply for my TWIN children to go to the same

Yes. You may apply on the same form for your Twins or Triplets

How many times can I apply for my child or children?

A parent may make a maximum of 5 applications to five (5) different schools per learner

Will I be able to register and apply at the same time?

Yes, the System allows for the parent to register and apply at the same time

May I provide my friend’s cell phone number when I
register my details on the system?

NO. It is very important for parents to provide their OWN, valid and reliable cell phone numbers as the Department will be sending SMS messages about the application to the parent
Should you provide someone else cellphone number, you will be responsible to ensure that that person provides you with all information sent by the Department

Grade 1 And 8 Application Process

In terms of Section 9 of NEPA, the Admission Policy of a Public School and the administration of Admissions by an Education Department must not unfairly discriminate in any way against an applicant for Admission. Admissions Regulation 2019 as Amended provides the preference order of Admissions as:

(a) The applicant learner’s place of residence is closest to the school within the feeder zone;

(b) The applicant learner has a sibling attending the school;

(c) The place of employment of at least one of the applicant learner’s parents is within the feeder zone of the school;

(d) The applicant learner’s place of residence is within a 30 kilometre radius of the school; or

(e) The applicant learner’s place of residence is beyond a 30 kilometre radius of the school

NB: The ranking of the applications for admission shall be in the order of
the categories referred to the above, in paragraphs (a) to (e) of sub-regulation (2) and in the order in which the applications were received.

➢ Parents access the web address: http://www.gdeadmissions.gov.za to be on the “Welcome to Admissions Online
Application for 2020” page

➢ Regular updated news feeds will be displayed on the notification bar below to keep users informed

➢ Parents are required to read the information on the Welcome Page and click on Apply for 2020 or click on Register to access Terms and Conditions

➢ Parents must accept the Terms and Conditions and click continue to proceed with an application

➢ To proceed with the application, click on Apply for 2020 or on Register

The Steps In Application

There are three (3) steps in the application process

  1. Step 1 – Enter Parent/Legal Guardian Details
  2. Step 2 – Enter Learner Details (parent can register more than 2 learners simultaneously e.g. Twins & Triplets)
  3. Step 3 – Application Page
    Parents must complete all three steps for the application to be completed


  1. First time user will be required to click “Apply for 2020” button or click on Register to enter parent information before
    making an application (ALL users must create new credentials)
  2. The “Enter Parent/Guardian Details” form will pop-up and parent should complete all fields on the form. All fields with an
    asterisk are compulsory. The Landline and Email Address fields are not compulsory.
  3. A Username and Password will be created by Parent to login and access the main application as a User. The Password must
    have eight (8) characters long consisting of a Capital Letter, Small Letters, Numbers and a Special Character, for example,
  1. In an event that the parents forgot the password and username, the system will allow parents to reset the password and
  2. After submitting STEP 1, by clicking NEXT, the application will automatically proceed to STEP 2 (ENTER LEARNER DETAILS )
    and the colour of STEP 1 will change to GREEN


  1. On this page a parent can:
    • Enter learner Details (Application cannot be made unless learner’s details are captured)



  1. Click NEXT, once Learner(s) details have been captured on the Learner Details page
  2. Messages requiring an Applicant to confirm whether a correct Grade has been selected will pop-up for verification purposes.
  3. An applicant will have to accept the Declaration by ticking the checkboxes confirming that the information provided in STEP 1
    and STEP 2 is correct and accurate.
  4. 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:

  1. Home Address (Applying to a school closest to the home address within the feeder zone)
  2. Sibling (Applying to a school where your child has a sibling doing Grade 1-6 and/or Grade 8-11 currently)
  3. Work address (Applying to a school closest to the parent’s work address within the feeder zone)
  4. School within 30 kilometre radius (Applying to a school within 30 km radius)
  5. School beyond 30 kilometre radius (Applying to a school beyond 30 km radius)
  6. School of Focus Learning (It is an option not an application criteria) only schools of focus learning will pop-up when applying
    to school of focus learning

The following options will only be used for placement purposes and not used to make an application:

  1. Boarding school
  2. Previous School

➢ A message indicating that a parent can apply using any of the application options will pop-up and also indicating that
applicants can apply to a maximum of 5 schools per child

➢ Parent must complete all the required fields on the page
• Select a learner
• A Grade applying for will automatically pop-up on Step 3
(Parent can only apply for Grade 1 or Grade 8)

➢ A message that reads, Applications where home address is used to apply to the closest school will be prioritised will pop-up

➢ When using Home Address application option, the feeder zone map of the school closest to the home address will pop-up

➢ Only one school will pop-up when applying for the first time


➢ When a parent applies using the Sibling option, they will have to provide the Name & Surname of the sibling, a current
grade, and the name of a school where the sibling currently is


A list of schools within 30 Kilometre radius of the parent’s Home Address will pop-up for an Applicant to select a school
• A list of ALL schools beyond 30 Kilometre radius of the parent’s Home Address will pop-up for an Applicant to select a

➢ When applications are made to school of focus learning, learners will be subjected to Admission Tests

➢ Upon applying using a school of Focus Learning application option, only schools of Focus Learning will pop-up

➢ After completing the Application Page, the parent must click on “Submit Application” to conclude the application process
➢ The parent will receive a Waiting List number as confirmation that the application has been made

Waiting List Reference Number For GDE Admission

• An application Waiting List number with a confirmation note will appear on the screen
• Parents will receive a SMS confirming the successful submission of an application
• Parents will be expected to submit all the required documentation to a school applied to within 7 school days
• A List of required documents will appear on the confirmation note of application for both SA citizens and Non-SA citizens
• Parent can “Apply to another school for the same learner” or “Apply for another learner” or Log off
• Parents must note the 6 types of Waiting List numbers

There are six types of Waiting List reference numbers that you can receive. They are:

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 a 30-kilometre radius of a school

WB – Parent’s home address is beyond a 30-kilometre radius of a school

WA5 – Schools of focus learning

Documents Needed To Apply For GDE Admission (Grade 1 And 8)

Once you are done with your online registration, you would be required to submit the following documents in the school that you chose while applying. The list of all the necessary documents will appear on the confirmation note of application for SA citizens and Non-SA citizens.

Therefore, whether the child is entering into Grade 1 or going to Grade 8, the following are the documents that you will need to submit:

a. Your identification document as the parent or legal guardian

b. The birth certificate of the learner

c. Proof of your home or work address

d. Immunization/clinic document which should prove that the child does not have tuberculosis, tetanus, hepatitis B, polio, measles, and diphtheria (if the child is applying as Grade 1 learner)

e. If the child is in another school, you will need to supply the most recent report of the child

Document Needed From Non South Africans (Foreign Students)

a. The passport of the parent or legal guardian

b. Proof of your home or work address

c. The Asylum Seeker or Refugee Permit of the child

d. The most current academic report card of the school where the child is presently (if the child is applying for Grade 8)