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22 Mar 2003

is schooling not compulsory in south africa for a 15 year old
my daughter returned to south africa on 11 march

she has since been out of school in the care of a lady in table view
claiming she is an ex teacher

is that allowed

I am the custodarian but she ignores my emails telling her
my daughter has to go to school and says she is waiting
on the fathers decision The caregivers son is an ex drug addict

What can I do

My daughter refused to go back to boarding school she previously
attended claiming she was physically abused by a student
there and a teacher saying she is not supposed to be there
because she is english
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Dear carolb,
Too complex an issue to give a clear answer. If the father has legal custody, then legally it would be up to him to make these decisions --- that's what custody means. I'm not aware of the exact legal requirements for schooling, though it may be expected that children would stay at school untl at least 16. There may be some provision ffor "home schooling", but only a local lawyer could answer that. Otherwise, being an "ex-teacher" might not be enough. If she was physcally abused or assaulted by another student, one could well understand why she would be unwilling to return to that particular school, especially if she was also encountering prejudice for being English-speaking. Again, that's an isue the father ought to take up with the school involved ; and if it's a boarding school, well, there are other boarding schools.
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