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Nthabiseng Monareng holds LLB and LLM de­grees from the Univer­sity of the Wit­wa­ter­srand, Jo­han­nes­burg. Nthabi has more than 10 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the le­gal field, spe­cial­is­ing in fam­ily law. She’s writ­ten books on fam­ily law and is a fam­ily law me­di­a­tor.

CAN PRI­VATE SCHOOLS EX­PEL KIDS OVER UN­PAID FEES?

Are pri­vate schools sub­jected to the same rules as pub­lic schools in South Africa? Can they ex­pel a child when the par­ents can’t af­ford the school fees? ANONY­MOUS, MIDRAND

Chil­dren have a right to ed­u­ca­tion. How­ever, chil­dren don’t have a right to a pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion. A par­ent en­ters into a con­tract with a pri­vate school and if they can no longer af­ford the school fees, it’s best they re­move the child.

At pub­lic schools, a child can at­tend even if their fees haven’t been paid. At a pri­vate school, a child can be ex­pelled if the fees aren’t paid.

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