No in-region school hopping

17 May 2019 | Education

Learners will no longer be allowed to move from one school to another unless their parents move to a different region.

This was announced by education ministry spokesperson Absalom Absalom yesterday.

He said an application to enrol at a different school must be supported by a letter stating that the parents or legal guardians have been transferred to another town or region.

“Learners that are already attending a school where the next grade exists will not be allowed to move to another school as the child already has an automatic place in the next grade, except in cases where parents move from one region to another. In such cases, applications should be supported by a letter of transfer from the parent's or legal guardian's employer or pastor.”

He added that the principal of the new school should request the learner's academic records from the previous school.

The ministry also reminded parents that applications for next year's school admissions must be done before the end of the month. Parents are also reminded that school attendance is compulsory for every child from the beginning of the year in which the child turns seven.

“Parents applying for places in pre-primary schools should note that only learners aged five years before or on 31 December of the academic year may be admitted as per entry requirements for pre-primary,” Absalom said.



Application fees

The ministry also informed parents that schools may not charge exorbitant application fees. Such fees are only for administrative purposes such as covering the cost of photocopies, and do not guarantee enrolment.

“The ministry would like to urge parents to be cognisant of the fact that each school is unique, and logistics put in place may be based on their environment and administration processes.

“Finally, parents and guardians are encouraged to contact schools and the directorates of education, arts and culture in the respective regions for guidance,” said Absalom.

JEMIMA BEUKES

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