'Schools may not charge admission fees'
WC education officials reiterate it’s illegal for schools to charge parents admission fees.
CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) on Wednesday reiterated that schools charging parents for administration or admission fees are acting against the law as the practice is illegal.
Cape Talk fielded several calls from concerned parents questioning the legality of school admission fees.
"Schools may not charge administration fees or request deposits or admission fees, that is certainly not allowed," said WCED director of communications Paddy Attwell.
He said the practice stemmed from past practices that enabled schools to charge parents in order to ensure their children will attend that school at the start of the academic year.
But Attwell insisted that schools are not allowed to continue this practice.
He said parents were only required to submit the relevant paperwork to schools with regard to enrolment and application.
"Schools have to confirm in writing whether a child has been accepted, after that child has been formally enrolled, parents are then liable for fees." [LISTEN] Paddy Attwell speaks to Keino Kammies about schools charging admission fees.
[LISTEN] Paddy Attwell speaks to Keino Kammies about schools charging admission fees.