Belfast Telegraph

Education Authority website crashes as parents rush for school places

The Education Authority website has crashed as thousands of parents rush to secure pre-school and primary school places for September.

The technical problems emerged on Wednesday afternoon.

Writing on its Facebook page, an Education Authority (EA) spokesperson said: "A very small number of users have experienced some difficulties and EA is working to actively resolve these difficulties.

"Places are not allocated on a first come first served basis and schools and play groups will not consider applications until after the closing date. EA apologises for any inconvenience caused and reminds parents/guardians that the admissions process is open until 31 January."

The Education Authority said 4,500 students had successfully registered using the system.

Alliance Party MLA Kellie Armstrong said she had received assurances that the technical issues would not impact on children entering the school system.

"Schools, particularly pre schools, are oversubscribed in my constituency. It is understandable parents want to submit their application as soon as possible, in the hope they can secure a place," said Mrs Armstrong.

"I contacted the Education Authority today and they confirmed due to the high number of people trying to login their system has not been able to cope.

"However, I would like to reassure parents that admissions are not based on a 'first come first served' basis. Parents can apply online until midnight on 31st January 2019. If you cannot get into the admissions site today, try again tomorrow or later in the month."

Mrs Armstrong said she had asked the Education Authority to consider if it had sufficient online resources to deal with demand, noting a message telling parents to try again later would have helped reassure parents.

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