WC education clamps down on unlawful school application fees

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) says state schools are not legally allowed to charge admin or application fees for parents seeking to place their children, until pupils have been accepted in writing.

WCED ministerial spokesperson Jessica Shelver says the department has taken action against a Mitchell's Plain High School found to be taking money from parents.

This comes after a CapeTalk listener gave a tip off to the department that Mondale High School was charging for applications.

Shelver explains that the school has refunded parents the R20 fee it charged.

We contacted the school immediately, and they have since refunded the parents whose money was received.

Jessica Shelver, WCED ministerial spokesperson

It's reported Westerford High School is also charging a R50 application fee and the department is investigating.

The WCED has encouraged the public to report non-compliant schools to eduhead@westerncape.gov.za.

Take a listen to the full update from the department:


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