With just a few more days left before the start of the 2015 school year in the Western Cape, there are still some parents waiting to see if their waitlisted children will be given a place in a school, and some parents hoping that a space will be found in a school for their child.
The problem is that many parents apply to a number of schools simultaneously, and are accepted, but they don’t inform the department of education as to which school they will be sending their child – and so spaces at the other schools are not freed-up and made available for those on the waiting list.
This is why the Western Cape Department of Education (WCED) developed a new online system that simplifies the management of learner enrollment.
Known as SAMI (for School Admissions Management Information), the system makes it much easier for schools to capture applications for places and to share this information with other schools and officials.
SAMI uses the learner's identity number or a number generated by the system to avoid duplicate names in the database. Officials are then able to use the system to generate lists of learners looking for places in any area, and across the whole province.
They will be able to see if a learner has been accepted at any schools, and whether parents have applied at more than one school, and when they applied. Once the parents decide on the school of choice, the system is updated and spaces are made available at the other schools.
Listen here for Kieno Kammies' interview with Jessica Shelver, spokesperson for the Western Cape MEC of Education