The problem of the Ministry of Education’s ICT system embarrasses parents; The Form One application portal is not accessible

By Bulawayo Correspondent

PARENTS and guardians of children intending to apply for Form One boarding places using the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education’s electronic application platform say they were unable to log on to the portal, which is not yet fully functional.

The ministry issued a circular on Monday informing parents and guardians that the Form One electronic application platform (EMAP) will be activated.

“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education will operate an electronic platform for the registration of Form One (1) boarding places for 2023.

“Parents/guardians who wish to send their children to boarding schools are invited to start applying through the platform from November 1 until December 31, 2022.

“All applicants will be allowed to make a maximum of five active applications at any one time,” reads the circular copied to all
provincial directors of education and district school inspectors

However, parents who spoke to complained of having difficulty accessing the website.

“I have been trying to log into the portal since this morning but I was able to pass. I want my son to enroll in a school in Masvingo province but the website says the school does not exist not,” said a disgruntled parent.

“I also tried another school in Chivi district and got the same result. The Ministry should fix this problem so that we can apply for places for our children.

Another parent echoed similar sentiments saying, “The ministry’s electronic application platform is not responsive.

“I tried all day today (Tuesday) and I’m facing challenges,” said the parent who also declined to be named.

Contacted for comment, the director of communication and advocacy at the ministry, Taungana Ndoro, said he was in a meeting.