Gauteng education department discovers online registration

The long queues, the endless paperwork, and the kid tugging on your arm whining, “When is it going to be our turn?” Registering your child for school is never fun, and with widespread internet access and an app for everything, it really shouldn’t be so time-consuming. Fortunately, the Gauteng department of education has realised this, and finally made online registration for school a thing for 2016.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi made the announcement at a media briefing on the findings of several investigations including allegations of racism at the Curro School in Roodeplaat and the death of three children from Emma Primary school in Winterveld.

The Curro School was found guilty of racial segregation and its operating licence is being reviewed. The education department was absolved of culpability in the Emma Primary case and the matter was referred to the police.

Lesufi then used the opportunity to talk about the department’s twinning programme (it’s looking good), it’s tablets for schools programme (it’s not looking so good) and on a project that will have parents across the province jumping for joy: parents will now be able to register their kids for classes from the comfort of their homes – if, that is, they have internet access.

In a country where any sort of state-related admin generally takes a long, long time could the Gauteng education department actually get this right? Or will the system be just as slow as the queues?

– Featured image via the Gauteng Provincial Government twitter feed.