To give effect to the feeder zone provision, the Gauteng Department of Education embarked on a broad consultative process with various stakeholders.
The conceptualisation of the entire feeder zone process was a very complex process that was based on research, policy, legal analysis and the benchmarking of international best practice.
What is a feeder zone?
A feeder zone means an area from which a school accepts its core intake.
What National Policy guides the determination of Feeder zones?
The Admissions Policy for Ordinary Public Schools (Government Notice 2432 in Government Gazette 19377 of 19 October 1998 made in terms of the National Education Policy Act, 1996 (Act No. 27 of 1996) provides for school zoning.
How is a feeder zone determined?
The feeder zone determination is guided by the Principles and Criteria in the "GDE Policy for the Delimitation of Feeder Zones for Schools."
Schools that are excluded from the feeder zone determination comprise of special schools and focus schools because their intake cannot be limited to a feeder zone.
Data collected in relation to the Principles and Criteria, the "As is" feeder zones (schools unofficial feeder zone) was used to determine feeder zones.
The "As Is" formed the basis of consultation with schools.
How is the feeder zone communicated to schools?
A proposed feeder zone is communicated to schools with a covering letter that gives schools a period of 30 days to indicate whether they agree or disagree. In cases where schools disagreed, they were required to motivate with a map for consideration through correspondence signed off by the Principal and Chairperson.
After considering the representation from the school the recommendation from the school may be upheld or rejected on the basis of which they will receive a written response.
The final feeder zone will be communicated through the promulgation of a Notice.
How often will the feeder zones be reviewed?
Feeder Zones will be reviewed every three years or sooner as a result of changes in the learner population and population dynamics in the school feeder zone.
What happens if parent apply to schools outside the feeder zone
Parents that apply to schools outside of the feeder zone to which the
Is the feeder zone of a school fixed forever?
The feeder zone of a school may change as a result of learner population or population dynamics around the school.
How is the feeder zone determination designed to benefit parents?The feeder zone determination promotes: the Community Ownership of Schools, Accessibility of learners to schools, the safety of learners, as well as, the economic benefit to parents.
Why are feeder zone not determined for special schools and focus schools?
The nature of these schools warrant that they be excluded from the feeder zone provisions because they cater for learners with special needs and special competencies respectively and communities may not therefore be able to adequately provide learners for the school to be utilised to maximum capacity.