Online Application Platform for 2022 Form 1 Boarding Places

The Chronicle

Sukulwenkosi Dube-Matutu, columnist
THE Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has opened an online application platform for 2022 Form 1 internship places.

Schools are due to close this Friday and open for the first term of next year on January 11.
Despite an increase in Covid-19 cases, national public examinations are proceeding as planned. The rise in cases, however, has left parents and learners wondering whether schools will open by the set date next year.

Since last year, the government has made significant progress in providing a safe environment for students to learn and take exams amid rising Covid-19 cases in communities. Some schools have been forced to suspend classes after registering cases of Covid-19 despite exams proceeding as planned.

In a statement, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Ms. Tumisang Thabela, said registration which begins today will continue until January 31. She said learners will be allowed a maximum of five applications at a time.

“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education will operate an electronic platform for Form One boarding school registration for 2022. Parents/guardians who wish to send their children to boarding schools are advised to start applying through the platform ( with effect from December 13, 2021 to January 31, 2022,” Ms Thabela said.

“All applicants will be allowed to make a maximum of five active applications at any given time. A candidate who has been offered a place at one school will not be eligible to apply or be considered for a place at another school unless the offer is declined. Successful applicants will be notified via short message service (sms) by the respective headteachers. Parents/guardians are however advised that boarding places are limited.

She said that when applying to a school, an applicant will receive a response indicating that the application is either pending, accepted, processed or rejected.

Ms Thabela said if parents or guardians turned down an offer, there would be no guarantee of getting the same offer back. She said the allocation of places will be random among the pre-selected schools.

This year, schools were due to open in early January for the first term but ended up reopening in March due to the threat caused by the pandemic. Schools then closed on June 4 and were due to open on June 28, but the reopening was postponed.

The schools were finally reopened on August 30 for exam classes and September 6 for the rest of the classes.

Due to the pandemic, school holidays have been extended, leaving learners with limited time to take face-to-face lessons with their teachers. Schools have relied more on virtual lessons and radio lessons that some learners do not have access to.

The Department of Education has introduced remedial strategies to bring learners up to date. This includes blended learning and teachers have combined some subjects and targeted some key topics to compress the curriculum and online learning. — @DubeMatutu

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