Monday, January 21, 2008

'Withholding reports is against policy' - WCED

By Tina George
21 January 2008

The Western Cape Education Department is disturbed at the widespread reports of teachers and principals withholding reports.

“We have full sympathy and empathy with principals because there are many negligent parents who simply just don’t care about paying school fees,” says WCED spokesperson, Gert Witbooi.

However the department wants to implore on principals that they should resist from prejudicing against learners.

“There are mechanisms in terms of the law defaulting parents where they can take legal steps against parents who default on their responsibilities especially those who can afford to pay but simply don’t bother,” says Witbooi.

Witbooi added that they cannot discriminate against the learner because of the irresponsibility of the adult.

The department will be investigating any report of schools withholding reports.

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