NATIONAL NEWS - It is illegal for schools to turn away learners who are unable to pay school fees, said the Department of Basic Education in a statement.
The department said it has been inundated with calls from parents who are saying they cannot register their children because they can’t afford an upfront payment.
“We would like to warn all school governing bodies and principals to refrain from this illegal practice as it puts unnecessary pressure on the parents,” the department said.
“Parents are urged to report these unlawful practices to their nearest district or provincial education department offices.”
All public schools are set to officially open on Monday, 15 February.