Parents are complaining about Gauteng's online school registration system

Some parents say they can't access the new online application system, following Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi's, announcement that the system is now live.

Lesufi has come under heavy criticism and attack on social media from parents who can't register their grade 1 and 8 children.

Parents are also phoning Xolani Gwala's Afternoon Drive, voicing their frustration about the technical problems they are facing when trying to register.

Kathy Callaghan, Governors' Alliance secretary, told Xolani that some parents no longer trust the system and are now camping outside schools waiting for the manual applications.

Speaking on the Afternoon Drive, Lesufi says parents need to be patient and look at the bigger picture, because the system will make Gauteng a better province.

He further explained that the system currently accommodates usage by about 250 parents per five minutes.

Listen to the full conversation below...

Xolani also spoke to EWN reporter, Thando Kubheka, who was at the press conference called by the Minister.

The Minister says now the system is live. We're being told that in the first 10 minutes of the system going live about 20000 people were logged on, and the department says 5000 parents have successfully applied.

Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter

They say they have reprogrammed the system because it had a number of challenges. They say they are now with Vodacom to expand capacity and the numbers of users that can go to the site.

Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter

Listen to the conversation below...

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