Handling Objections and Appeals in GDE Admissions

School placement can be a nerve-wracking process for parents. What happens if you are not content with the school where your child has been placed? The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has a structured process for objections and appeals. This article aims to streamline this process, explaining step by step how to lodge an objection and, if necessary, an appeal.

Step 1: Lodging an Objection

If your child is placed in a school that you did not apply to and you are not satisfied with it, you have the right to lodge an objection. Keep in mind that this must be done within 7 days of receiving the notification of placement.

The GDE provides an online Objection Form which will be accessible on their system during the Placement Period. It’s important to understand that lodging an objection does not guarantee that your child will be placed in the school of your preference. The GDE will review your objection and provide a response within 14 days after submission. The response will be available online on the GDE system.

Step 2: Submitting an Appeal

In case the outcome of the objection is not satisfactory, the next step is to submit an appeal. Similar to the objection process, an Appeal Form must be completed online. You have to be prompt as this must be done within 7 days of receiving the outcome of the objection.

The Appeal Form will also be accessible online during the Placement Period. Once you submit the appeal, the GDE will review it and provide a response within 14 days. This response will also be available online on the GDE system.

Step 3: Accepting the Final Decision

It is crucial to understand that the outcome of the appeal is final. The GDE will not entertain any further correspondence regarding this matter. As a parent, you must accept this final decision and make the necessary arrangements for your child’s education accordingly.


Being well-informed and understanding the timelines is essential when navigating through the GDE’s objections and appeals process. Although it might be a stressful period, knowing the steps involved can make it more manageable. The key is to act promptly and keep track of the response deadlines to ensure your child’s educational future is secured.