GDE in process of deregistering controversial Arvanites College

Parents accused the school of duping them into believing their children were 'straight A' pupils.

Gauteng Department of Education in Johannesburg. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department says it's in the process of shutting down a controversial Johannesburg private school for not operating within the law.

Earlier this year Eyewitness News revealed how only four out of 16 matrics at the Arvanites College of Education in Randburg had managed to pass their 2015 national senior certificate exams.

Parents accused the school of duping them into believing their children were "straight A" pupils.

In April the school was served with papers to deregister.

Gauteng Education's Oupa Bodibe says while the department is studying the response from the Arvanites College stating the reasons why it should not shut its doors as ordered, it's not quite convinced.

"The school was given the opportunity to reply but we're not entirely satisfied with their response."

The school is facing allegations of a number of irregularities including fraud, using unqualified educators and not operating within prescribed norms and standards.

Bodibe says the allegations are serious.

"We're in the process of trying to deregister the school."

Gauteng Education says it's still in the process of finalising its decision regarding the future of the school and will make a pronouncement soon.

The owners of the Arvanites College have not been available for comment.