No fees, no dance for Western Cape matrics

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.

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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.

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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.