WC Education investigates 'suspicious payments' at Khayelitsha school

The school threatened to withhold report cards for pupils who have failed to pay a 'suspicious' fee.

FILE: A Samson Senior Primary School pupil clutches a pencil while listening to his teacher. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Lobby group Equal Education claims a Khayelitsha school has threatened to withhold report cards for pupils who have failed to make suspicious payments.

These allegations are contained in a memorandum learners from a local secondary school handed over to department officials yesterday.

They claim the principal and school's governing body force their parents to pay a fee of R200.

Equal Education's Vuyisa Mbayi explained the situation.

"There's a fourth contribution fee that is being imposed on learners and when the parent fails to pay such, given our socio-economic conditions, even the school is a no-fee school, and the learners don't get their reports."

The provincial education department's Jessica Shelver said he matter is being investigated.

"I must reiterate this is voluntary and at no such time can a parent be forced to make payment. Any parent who has the problem with the issue may raise with the School Governing Body. Our district office is investigating and we'll discuss the matter further with the school."