Admission of Infant Year 1 – September 2023
Guided by The Education Act. Ch. 39: 01, Section 7 which states that, “No person shall be refused admission to any public school on account of the religious persuasion, race, social status, or language of such person or of his parent,” and the Concordat of 1960 which provides “assurances for the preservation and character of denominational schools,” the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Association of the Denominational Boards of Education has established the application procedure as follows:
- Children shall be admitted to school not earlier than the first day of the term in which they attain their fifth birthday;
- When limited spaces are available, priority must be given to applicants residing in the catchment of the school (residence 3 km from the school) and on the basis of age, the older children receiving preference. On no account can children be refused admission on the basis of an entrance examination or on the basis that they are too old.
- Application forms should be made available to parents/guardians from Monday February 6, 2023.
- Completed application forms must be submitted to the school by Friday March 24, 2023.
Standardised application forms for admission to First Year at schools are available at the school and at the respective Education District Offices during normal working hours from Monday February 6,2023. (Application for Admission into Public Primary School Form)
All completed applications forms must be submitted to the school for which the application has been made by Friday March 24,2023.
Parents/Guardians of successful applicants will be contacted by the school during the period May 12to May 26, 2023.There must be no interview process and/or examination as criteria for admission to a primary school.
Principals wishing to utilise online registration may do so but must simultaneously ensure that paper copies of application forms are also available.
Principals are also reminded that under no circumstances should a registration fee be charged to parents or any request for a contribution of cash or kind be imposed on any parent as conditions for acceptance of a child into a school.
Please be guided accordingly.