Mom cries foul over school admission

2020-02-06 06:00
Zimkhitha Twala is the mother of a child that was not accepted in one of the schools in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Zimkhitha Twala is the mother of a child that was not accepted in one of the schools in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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A Khayelitsha mother is angry that her child was denied entry into a school of her choice.

According to Zimkhitha Twala from Town Two she applied for her child, Lunikho Twala (7), at Academia Primary School, at the Nine SA Infantry Battalion, in 2017 he was going to start Grade R.

“I applied a year before the time but he was never accepted. I applied again in 2018 for him to start Grade 1 and again he was not accepted,” she said.

She said she knows that one has to apply for a child to attend school a year before the time and has been doing that, however, she is always turned down.

Twala said again this year her child was turned away despite applying in February last year.

“I applied for him to do Grade 2 last year but when I went to the school this year I was told that there was no space in Grade 2,” she said.

She added that she even bought her child a new school uniform.

Twala said at the at beginning of the year one of her neighbours, whose child attends the school, informed her that there was space in Grade 2.

She said when she took her child to school she did not go to the principal’s office but straight to a Grade 2 classroom where the teachers made space for her child.

“I was shocked when I got a call from the principal saying that there was no space even though the teacher made one available,” she said.

Twala said she then got a call from the police telling her that her child was in their custody after being dropped by the principal and that she needed to come and pick him up.

“The principal also called asking why I dumped my child at his school and I told him the teacher said there was space,” said Twala.

She said her child, who now attends at Chuma Primary School, was left traumatised after he was taken to the police station.

Millicent Merton, provincial department of education spokesperson, said they were aware of the situation but the child was not a learner at the school which is why he was turned away. She said the school has reached capacity and due to lack of physical space in Grade 2 they were unable to accommodate him.

Merton accused Twala of abandoning the child at the school and of bypassing all the necessary procedures. She added that she also refused to make arrangements for the child to be fetched from the school.

She said the principal contacted the local police station to report the matter and was advised that they will resolve the matter with the parent, and that as part of safety protocols.

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