In the previous dispensation, children, or scholars, completed their school career when they reached the age of 18 or 19.
With the Department of Basic Education’s policy that no learner may stay in a standard or grade for more than two years, this means that if a learner enters the secondary school phase by the age of fifteen, he or she can still theoretically sit at school benches at the age of 25. Schools were instructed this week that no learner could be kicked out because of his age.
This follows after most of the violence at schools took place. A 19-year-old Grade 11 pupil killed a 18-year-old fellow in Grade 8 at Forest High School with a knife.
Well-known educators point out that public schools are now a dangerous place for children, and parents must realize that they are still responsible for their children’s education and safety.
-Read the original article in Afrikaans on Die Vryburger
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