By Dr Tutu Faleni (MPL), DA North West Education Spokesperson:
The Democratic Alliance in the North West demands an urgent investigation into allegations that matric pupils at Setumo High School in Mafikeng has to pay R20 before they can receive their exam timetables.
A number of parents reported this to the DA after their attempts to resolve this matter proved fruitless.
This practice is not only illegal but also a disadvantage to pupils who come from poor families.
The DA strongly condemns the exploitation of learners and parents in this illegal and unacceptable practice.
The DA values that all schools should provide free basic education, and that any funds collected by school management should be approved by the School Governing Body and be consistent with acceptable fundraising procedures within the public school sector.
Schools should not withhold timetables, results or any required resources from children due to non-payment of school fees.
Measures should be put in place to recover school fees through proper channels rather than withholding resources and hindering children from learning.
The DA will approach Education MEC Ms Wendy Matsemela in the NWPL not only to demand an urgent investigation but also to refund the learners and parents.
Education is the key to improving the quality of life, it enables individuals to obtain a fulfilling job and to break the cycle of poverty.