'Reports for donations' scandal in Limpopo

Parents are claiming that principals at no-fee schools are holding report cards at R150 ransom.

Pupils assemble a classroom outside at a school in Bolobedu, Limpopo, 15 January 2014. Picture: Tara Meaney/EWN.

LIMPOPO - There are calls for an urgent investigation into claims that principals in rural parts of Limpopo are withholding report cards until parents pay a R150 'donation'.

The failure to provide Norms and Standards money to no-fee schools is being blamed for this.

Parents have told non-government organisation, Basic Education For All, that teachers have taken their children's chairs away and will only hand them back when the so called 'donation' is paid.

The NGO's Nkhesani Mavasa says pupils are being humiliated and in some cases parents are asked for two donations.

"They were supposed to have paid the donation for last year and now they're supposed to pay another fee for this year."

The Democratic Alliance (DA) spokesperson for education, Desiree van der Walt is demanding answers.

"We can never ever hold children to that and take their dignity away. It's actually not at all allowed and should be dealt with in the harshest way."

While the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) says it will intervene if its teachers are found to be involved, the schools implicated have refused to comment.