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Admission Policy for Ordinary Public Schools Drawn Up

February 11, 2021

Department of Basic Education

A draft policy designed to provide all ordinary public schools with a framework for developing admission policies for schools has been drawn up.

The basic education department called for comment on the Draft Admission Policy for Ordinary Public Schools in Government Gazette 44139.

The draft policy was drawn up in terms of the National Education Policy Act.

It applies uniformly to all provincial departments of education and all ordinary public schools.

The admission policy of any public school will have to be consistent with the draft policy.

The draft policy focuses on administration of admissions; documents required for admission of a learner; admission of learners who are not South African citizens; admission of undocumented learners; learners with special education needs; age requirements for the admission of a learner to an ordinary public school; repetition; school zoning; register of admission; rights and obligations of parents and right of appeal.

The governing body of a school must inform all parents of learners admitted to the school of their rights and obligations in terms of the South African Schools Act and in terms of any applicable provincial law.

Learners or parents of a learner refused admission to a public school can appeal against the decision to the member of the executive council in terms of section 5(9) of the act.

Comment is invited until 12 March 2021.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 44135, the department announced the extension of the period for the 2021 School Governing Body (SGB) Elections to be from 1 March to 30 April 2021.

The department also announced that newly elected SGBs assume their responsibilities when they are declared to be freely and fairly elected SGB members.