Thursday, November 29, 2007

Warning for learners who stay at home

By Marthe van der Wolf
29 November 2007

MEC of Education Cameron Dugmore has issued a warning to school principals and parents that they should not discourage learners from attending school.

After the exams that finished last week, most learners of schools in Cape Town haven’t been attending classes anymore. Principals' say they can’t do anything about it as the learners ignore the warnings of the schools.

"Parents can be fined up to R5000 if they fail to ensure that their children attend school," says Dugmore.

Principals who fail to enforce this could face anything from a reprimand to a discharge.

"Especially in the last week of the year there are many things a school could organise for their pupils like inviting the local policeman or rolemodel," says spokesperson for the Department of Education, Gert Witbooi.

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