Grade R learners from Koos Sadie Primary School in Goodwood on Wednesday were allegedly prevented from attending classes all because their fees were outstanding.
The principal of the school in response says the school has been struggling with parents who simply don't want to pay school fees.
Some of the children who did not pay were sent home when their parents brought them to school and others were put in a different classroom, separate from their normal classes.
Director of Communications at Western Cape Education Department, Bronagh Hammond says that a district manager has been tasked with investigating this matter because no learner should be prevented from learning due to non-payment.
No learner should be discriminated against, segregated or excluded from their normal schooling activities as a result of non-payment of fees, there is no argument about that.— Bronagh Hammond, Director of Communications at Western Cape Education Department
She says this is a tough situation because the school is also struggling to pay staff salaries to a point where they had to borrow money to pay teachers.
On the other hand, the school might be dealing with parents who have lost their jobs and can't afford to pay school fees.
If the school can't even pay the teachers who are supposed to teach your children, how do you expect them to survive? It is a tough one and you have to listen to everyone's individual story.— Bronagh Hammond, Director of Communications at Western Cape Education Department
To hear the rest of the conversation with Bronagh Hammond, listen below: