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More delays for Gauteng's online school registration system

Several parents have expressed frustration with the Gauteng Education Department, as they try and register their children for the 2017 academic year.

The online registration process for grade 1 and 8 has been delayed by over two hours, due to another technical glitch this morning.

The system was meant to go online again at 8 am today, after the department had postponed the process last week, due to technical difficulties.

The department’s Oupa Bodibe has apologised for the delay, and says they are trying to fix the problem as quickly as possible.

As we woke up and tried to test the system's readiness, we were picking up a few of the glitches parents had complained about last week. We thought we had solved them.

Oupa Bodibe, Gauteng Education Department spokesperson

According to Bodibe, the department wants to ensure that the system is fully functional, and can carry enough capacity.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is set to make an announcement on the matter this afternoon.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

Meanwhile, the School Governing Body (SGB) Association has criticised the system for its apparent failure to process applications.

The association's Kathy Callaghen believes parents have lost faith in the system and has urged them to demand that the manual process be reinstated.

The system is flawed. It has let the parents of Gauteng down.

Kathy Callaghen, Secretary for the School Governing Body Association.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

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