Over the past week eMAP, the Ministry of Education’s online enrolment system for Form 1 boarding school places has been the centre of attention for parents and guardians looking to secure a spot for their children.
As a result, there has been a slew of questions surrounding the use of the eMAP platform, how to overcome some of the challenges that have been faced in accessing the website in the first place, how to complete the submission of details there plus how the entire selection process works anyway.
According to the Minister of Education, Lazarus Dokora, once applications are submitted the respective schools are expected to set up admission committees to handle the selection process.
It has been reported that this information was shared by Dokora in a recent Ministerial address in parliament.
The Ministry of Education will also have district school inspectors who will be tasked with overseeing the selection process and working with selection committees to ensure that there is a well-managed allocation of places that may still be vacant.
What about “pending” applications?
The eMAP system was designed to provide users with an opportunity to monitor the status of their applications. So far, the only status that users have reported to have seen is the pending tag which was placed on applications submitted days ago.
According to the Ministry, schools were supposed to provide feedback via SMS or email in the days proceeding the closure of the application window (which was supposed to be from the 10th to the 12th of December 2016)
However, with the extension of the deadline to a yet-to-be-disclosed new date, most responses will be delayed and application statuses will be stuck on “pending”.
With a limited amount of time left for making all the arrangements for boarding school, this delay is likely going to frustrate parents and guardians creating a situation where the Ministry will likely be inundated with calls for a backup solution.