A Western Cape school has barred its pupils from attending the matric ball due to outstanding fees.
CAPE TOWN - In the Western Cape recently, a school went as far as barring its pupils from attending the matric ball.
Good Hope Seminary prevented some pupils from attending the matric dance due to outstanding fees, while a school in Lotus River allowed only 109 of nearly 700 learners to attend the farewell.
Western Cape education department representative Bronagh Casey said matric balls are a right and not a privilege.
"As a department, we wouldn't want to see any learner not be involved in an activity," said Casey.
In the past, some schools have been reprimanded for allegedly withholding report cards due to outstanding fees.
This year, 574 fee-charging schools were recognised by the Western Cape government.
The department has advised struggling households to select cheaper schools to avoid financial constraints.