Scramble for Form 1 boarding places: How to use EMAP

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BEFORE the January disease we have the December madness. Many boarding schools across the country are now overwhelmed by online applications from pupils seeking Form One places for next year.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Mrs Tumisang Thabela said some pupils may fail to get admission at schools of their choice due to the huge number of applications.

Zimsec released Grade Seven results early this week thereby opening up floodgates for a scramble for places.

Pupils seeking Form One boarding places applied online using the Electronic Ministry’s Application Platform (EMAP) launched by Government last year.

Speaking to local paper Chronicle,Mrs Thabela said some schools received close to 4 000 applications yet they can offer just over 100 boarding places.

“There are some schools with applications as high as 3 920 yet they have 120 available places,” said Mrs Thabela.

She added: “I don’t have actual figures and names of schools here but we do have a number of schools that are overwhelmed. So what will happen is that parents and their children have to accept that they might not be able to get their first choice schools because of competition.”

She urged parents and pupils to be ready to settle for second options.

2018 Applications

The EMAP platform was opened for applications on 13 November 2017 to run to run until 12 January 2018.

The ministry announced that there was a gap between the demand for boarding places and the number of boarding places available in the country.

The total number of Form 1 Boarding places available for the year 2018 was 24,246 and the potential number of applicants was 367,629. The ministry gave the following conditions:

  • No priority given to any school selected by the applicant (there is no first, second or third choice). This means that there is an equal chance for the applicant being selected at any of the schools they have applied to.
  • All applicants below the age of 13 should only use the platform under the guidance of their parent/guardian.
  • Enrolment by School Heads to only start when Grade 7 results are published by ZIMSEC
  • Successful applicants to be notified through SMS by the respective School Heads
  • Purchase of school uniforms can be done elsewhere, but with compliance to the school requirements and standard

Here is how to apply on EMAP:

  • Visit the website here and create an account. You create an account using a link at the bottom of the page that says “If you do not have an account please Sign Up Here…”
  • Enter the centre and candidate number as well as date of birth using the pupils’ result slip
  • On the page that loads agree to the terms and conditions by checking “I Agree With The Terms And Condition.”
  • Next enter your Centre Number, Candidate Number and Date of Birth.
  • On that same page, click “Please confirm if you have been cleared by your former school”
  • Fill in the details required in this section, that is your mobile number and password of your choice
  • This will provide you with an account
  • You can then apply and select the schools that you want
  • Continuously you can check if you have been accepted at any of the schools that you selected.

You can access the Emap application here:

Ministry of Education Contacts

  • Contact Telephone +263-4-705153, 705281
  • Address: Ambassador House, 88 Union Avenue, Cnr Second Street, Harare.
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