Update – The eMAP system which was inaccessible on Sunday afternoon has been up and down with access to some of the site’s pages. However, it appears to be still presenting challenges with completing the registration process. We will keep you updated on any changes to the situation as this is a developing story.
If you are one of the thousands of applicants that have been trying to secure a place for Form 1 using the Ministry of Education’s online system emap.co.zw you’ve probably noticed that the system went offline for an extended period.
While some users managed to submit applications successfully over the past day there are several others who have tried to access the system on Sunday (according to some comments on social media and on our site) have been met with either a 403 Error or the Connection Timed Out banner.
Quick checks on website monitoring services like isitdownrightnow have also confirmed that the site isn’t accessible.
Though there hasn’t been any explanation from the Ministry of Education on what has happened to the system it’s likely crashed because of a flood of requests.
We reached out to some representatives from the Ministry and are yet to receive feedback on this situation
All applicants trying to secure places for boarding school in Zimbabwe were instructed by the Ministry of Education to use the eMAP system between the 10th and the 12th of December 2016.
This has obviously created a lot of traffic to the site, especially now as parents and guardians only have a day to submit their applications.
What happens next?
With the system inaccessible right now and the time earmarked to submit applications running out, the Ministry of Education will have to accommodate concerns that have been raised about the challenges with such a system.
This might mean extending the application window or allowing offline/old school application methods such as parents going to the respective schools in person.
All this can only happen however if parents and guardians raise the issue with the Ministry of Education as soon as possible (which would be on Monday 12 December in the morning), otherwise there will be more confusion and frustration.