Gauteng education dept to probe ‘no-fee’ school

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The Gauteng education department on Monday began an investigation into an apparent no-fee school in Olievenhoutbosch, near Centurion, that allegedly expelled a pupil for not paying school fees.

“We will be sending someone from the district office to the school today [Monday] to go and investigate,” department spokeswoman Phumla Sekhonyane said.

“The official will investigate and provide a report, and we will act on the report.”

Sekhonyane could not confirm a report that the Walter Sisulu Primary School was a no-fee school. She said this would be established during the investigation.

The Sowetan newspaper on Monday reported that a six-year-old girl was expelled from the school because her mother could not afford to pay the fees. The Grade R pupil has been at home for two months.

“I pleaded with the principal… but he mercilessly showed my daughter and I the gate,” the girl’s mother was quoted as saying.

Principal Garos Kabinde declined to comment to the report, referring queries to the department.

– Sapa

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