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2018-10-11 06:03
Nokonwaba Mzo says her son has missed most of this year’s schooling because of continuous suspensions at school.             PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Nokonwaba Mzo says her son has missed most of this year’s schooling because of continuous suspensions at school. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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In terms of the act: Learners are compelled to attend school and can only stay at home with the approval of the department and once “appropriate measures to remedy the situation” had failed.

The act states that a learner can only stay at home if there is a “just cause” and requires the department to work with both the parent and the learner concerned. It also makes provision for the prosecution of a parent who fails to comply with the act.

Mzo says she was only phoned by the school on Tuesday to request that the child return to school. This after City Vision brought the matter to the attention of the department.

But Mzo said she had opted not to take her child back to school because of the inconvenience caused to the family. She is also worried about possible victimisation of her child.

Chandre Stuurman, an attorney at Equal Education, said in terms of the South African Schools Act, if a school wanted to suspend a learner, certain procedures should be followed.

She said if a school did not follow the procedure, the suspension automatically became unlawful.

Stuurman said they have dealt with such issues before to try and intervene between a school and a learner.

“The unlawful suspension in schools is becoming a problem,” she added.

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