Room for exception if the other parent refuses to sign school application forms

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has said that a parent can approach its district offices in cases where the other parent is being obstructive during the school application process.

A parent might refuse to sign a school application form because of an ongoing custody battle, the distance of the school, the cost of school fees or simply because they are being malicious.

WCED spokesperson Bronagh Hammond says school governing bodies (SGBs) must take into account extenuating circumstances when accepting school applications.

Hammond explains that it is not a WCED policy to have both parents' signatures on school application forms, but rather at the discretion of SGBs.

If a parent is having trouble they should approach the disctrict office.

Bronagh Hammond, Spokesperson - WCED

There are circumstances where a parent can be obstructive. There are issues when parents have recently split up or have never been together or there are ongoing custody battles.

Bronagh Hammond, Spokesperson - WCED

School applications for 2020 open on Friday 15 February and close 15 March.

Click here for details on the education district offices in the province.

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