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WCED to probe Westcott Primary after mom's complaint over payslip request

The Western Cape Education Department will investigate, following a Cape Town mother's claims that Westcott Primary School in Diep River asked for her payslip before considering her child's application.

Gloria, whose child will begin Grade R in 2017, says that the school requested that both a salary slip and credit check be submitted with the application.

At the end of the application form, it clearly states that failure to submit these documents will result in your application not be considered.

Gloria, CapeTalk listener

She says that desperate parents blindly comply with questionable policies because they want their children to attend good schools.

Westcott Primary principal John Robertson (who was not available to talk on air) says the school only requires payslips for Grade R, and not other senior grades.

Meanwhile, the WCED could not clarify if it is unlawful to request payslips with Grade R applications, because Grade R is not seen as a compulsory school-going age group.

WCED spokesperson Paddy Attwell says though the regulations against financial discrimination only apply to learners from Grade 1 upwards, the Westcott Primary case does not seem ethical.

"Parents should pay, if there's a fee that applies to Grade R. But asking for a payslip does sound like it's going too far."

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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