THE KwaZulu Natal department of education has sent a stern warning to schools refusing to give learners their reports due to fees owed.
The department issued a statement on Monday following complaints from parents that schools are refusing to give their children reports because they owed school fees.
In South Africa, the law provided in Section 29 (12) on the National protocol on Assessments, prohibits the withholding of school reports for any reason.
No school can withhold a report but can use the normal forms of debt collection.
“The KwaZulu Natal Department of Education wants to remind schools that withholding of learner’s reports or results because of parents’ failure to pay school fees is not permitted,” said the department in a statement.
Matriculants are currently receiving their statements from school after their results were released by the department of basic education on February 23.
“The department has on many occasions informed schools that punishing a learner because of parents financial challenges is not allowed,” said the KZN department of education.
The provincial department of education has asked for schools to call in parents to discuss a way forward in terms of the payment of school fees.
“Schools are encouraged to discuss with parents and make payment arrangements without disturbing the child’s education in the process,” added the department
(SOURCE: INSIDE EDUCATION)