Parents forced to pay at no-fee school - report

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Hazyview - The Mpumalanga education department will investigate allegations that a no-fee school is forcing parents to pay R50 each before their children get report cards.

Department spokesperson Jasper Zwane told African Eye News Services (AENS) that the Ehlanzeni school district has been asked to investigate the affairs at Inkunzi Secondary School in Numbi near Hazyview.

“The district office has been tasked to look at this matter and to present a report to the head of department urgently,” said Zwane on Friday.

Zwane added that no-fee schools should never charge parents any amount or withholding their reports.

“Inkunzi Secondary School is a no-fee school as such it would not be correct for the school to withhold that which is due to learners on the basis of what is being alleged.

“The department requests any parent who may have experienced a similar challenge or treatment from any of the public schools within the province to contact the nearest circuit office or head office through the toll free line at 0800 203 116 during office hours,” Zwane said.

Money for a guardhouse

Parents at Inkunzi told AENS that the school is raising money to build a guardhouse and kitchen.

“I will not pay the money that is asked by the principal," said one parent, Alfred Mbowane, 49.

He said as far as he knew, parents at the school don't have to pay any fees.

Siphokazi Mabuza, 22, who collected a report for her niece, said she paid R50 first.

“I paid R50 so that I could get the report. I did not have choice. They are demanding money unnecessarily. I was told to bring the receipt and the report otherwise I would not get books,” said Mabuza

SGB chair Joseph Mokoena told AENS that everyone must pay the R50 as it had been agreed at several meetings they would do so.

“Everyone must pay the money. We agreed at several meetings that the parents should pay the money. We also sent letters to remind them,” said Mokoena.

School principal Bongani Marule said parents who rely on social grants were allowed to fill in forms confirming they couldn't afford to pay the R50.

“You are supposed to fill out a form that says you are getting a grant. We want to build a nice school, like a private school, and the parents agreed to this at a SGB meeting,” said Marule.

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