NEW SCHOOL OF THOUGHT
potential legal action is to grasp the Regulations for Admission of Learners to Public Schools, 2012.
Regulation 5 requires all schools to distribute application forms for admissions only during the application period and allows parents time to study and complete the application form before submission. On submission of an application form, schools are required to give parents a waiting list number in writing. Within 14 days of the end of the application period, schools are required to identify successful and unsuccessful applicants and to have the respective waiting lists approved by the district director.
Once the waiting lists are approved schools are required to inform parents in writing of their success or not. Schools are required to inform successful applicants they have seven days to confirm acceptance and unsuccessful applicants of the reasons for not being successful and their right to object and appeal.
This regulation further places the responsibility on the district director first to ensure that pupils that haven’t been placed within 30 days of the end of the admission period to place those pupils within the district and thereafter places the responsibility of placing unplaced pupils in the province on the head of department within 45 days of the end of the admissions period.
This regulation further allows the head of department to grant permission to a boarding school to admit a fixed number of pupils who may otherwise not be granted admission to the school.
Schools with boarding facilities are prohibited from admitting pupils to boarding facilities without first granting pupils’ admissions to schools. This regulation further places the responsibility on the districts to place pupils 16 years or older and who have never attended school at an adult education and training centre.
Regulation 6 stipulates the documents necessary for admissions as an entry phase learner. Schools are required to use only the stipulated documents for the purpose of admissions. This regulation further requires schools to provide provisional admis-
Schools with boarding facilities are prohibited from admitting pupils to boarding facilities without first granting pupils’ admissions to schools