No school is allowed to withhold a learners school report or transfer documents due to nonpayment of school fees.
The Gauteng department of education’s acting spokesperson Oupa Bodibe said parents should report such incidents to the department so action could be taken against those schools.
“It is incorrect for the school to withhold learners’ report cars due to non-payment of school fees or any other non-adherence to contractual obligations between the parent and the school.”
The department’s response came after The Citizen received numerous complaints about Pretoria schools threatening to withhold their reports due to nonpayment.
“The school can make payment arrangements with the parent. In the even where the school cannot reach an agreement on contractual obligations, the school may escalate the matter to the department for intervention,” Bodibe said.
The department also advised the parents who were struggling to pay school fees to apply for a school fee exemption through the school governing body of their particular school or alternatively consider placing their children at “No Fee” schools.