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.