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Parents are angered by teachers refusing to give pupils free reports.

Thohoyandou - disputes arose as teachers in KwaZulu-Natal forced parents to settle some learner's debts before receiving end-year academic reports. 

More than 200 parents reportedly obeyed the school order, making all required payments to the school before having access to the most stressful results of the study, end year results which indicates whether or not is a leaner progressing to the next level or repeating the same grade in 2022.


Taking place in Lenarea Secondary school in Phoenix, KwaZulu-Natal, the school required that all learners with outstanding fees and those who failed to return learning books should settle debts before receiving results.

The school is an Urban public special needs school with about 650 learners and seemingly the school receives insufficient funds to maintain their livelihood.

This practice was common until the department of basic education (Dbe) declared it illegal but it seems taking another turn while some learners have, in history, ignored settling children learning services fee.

However, some parents complied while some complained about the payments, and as a result, the matter attracted public attention. Parents were seen queuing, ready to make payments, and evidently, those who complied with the order received the reports.


Notable is that the department of education (Dbe) has noted that most families are struggling to settle school fees as a result of Covid-19, henceforth a budget has been put to subsidize private educational fees. 


The school fees are an integral part of state private educational services, used to sustain the school environment, compensate school staff, and support therefore it's important to have responsible people accountable.


A senior teacher in the school brought insights, saying that the parents expected it to be, despite Dbe's directive to schools on private funding. The teacher also confirmed that the school has been classified with ranks but it receives unsatisfactory funds from the government. 


The Dbe and members legislature in the province noted that the school's conduct was illegal and that a sensible procedure should be drawn to process pending matters.


Sources:


https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2021-12-03-anger-as-kzn-school-withholds-pupils-reports-for-nonpayment-of-fees/#Echobox=1638551916


Lenarea Secondary School | Registration | Fees | Contacts

https://studentportal.org.za/lenarea-secondary-school-registration-fees-contacts/


https://twitter.com/BethlehemAshley/status/557797013795143680?t=PAkl2Gg86F5ScWnIGl_JuA&s=19

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