School denies refusing child entry unless entire year's fees paid upfront

The Western Cape Education Department says schools cannot deny learners the right to education by demanding that parents pay fees upfront.

This follows allegations made by CapeTalk listener Sue who stated that her domestic worker's child had been denied entry to a Bo-Kaap school because she had not paid her school fees upfront - for the entire year.

Director of Communications at WCED Bronagh Hammond says the school has denied these allegations saying this was probably a communication error.

The matter has been taken to the district director for investigation, says Hammond.

Read: WCED: No learner should be discriminated against due to non-payment of fees

The School's Act is extremely clear on this issue that you cannot deny a learner's right to education based on non-payment of school fees.

Bronagh Hammond, Director of Communications at Western Cape Education Department

Hammond says the school told her they do encourage the upfront fee payment, but also state that if this is unaffordable a payment plan may be worked out.

The school said they did not tell parents that their children cannot come to school because of school fees but I am getting a different side of the story from parents.

Bronagh Hammond, Director of Communications at Western Cape Education Department

To hear the rest of the conversation with Bronagh Hammond, listen below:


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