Pupil's expulsion for dagga: School takes on KZN education dept

2015-07-14 18:30


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Pietermaritzburg - Maritzburg College's resolve to expel a Grade 11 pupil, who admitted to two dagga offences, among other things, has been stifled by the KwaZulu-Natal education department.

The school says the department still has to make a decision on an appeal by the boy's father for leniency. It says the department has taken an "unreasonably long" time to decide on the matter.

The case was before the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg, which on Tuesday directed the MEC for education to decide on the appeal lodged by the father.

The school argued that the MEC's delay of nearly three months is "unreasonably long".

School principal Chris Luman said that after the head of the education department decided on the boy's expulsion on March 10 this year, the boy returned to school on April 13.

The first time the school learned that an appeal had been lodged was on April 1.

The school said 14 days was a reasonable period in which to make a decision on the appeal, but by June 22 there had still been no decision.

In his leniency appeal, the boy's father said there were several mitigating factors - the boy's academic record showed he was committed to learning and the fact that he had pleaded guilty to the dagga offences showed he had accepted responsibility for his actions.

The school wants the province to pay the legal costs of the litigation, saying it would be unfair to burden the parents as the court case centred on ensuring that public officials carry out their statutory duties.

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