Traditionally, many South African schools withheld report cards as a means of obtaining overdue school fees. However, legislation has recently changed in respect of withholding report cards.

In terms of Section 25 (12) of the National Protocol on Assessment 2011, a school may not withhold a report card for any reason. This regulation applies to both public and independent schools from Grade R – 12.

The regulation does not prevent a school from using other means, such as legal action, to obtain fees that may be overdue in terms of the contract between the school and a parent.

It also does not prevent an independent school from excluding a learner for non-payment of fees, provided due process is followed.


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ISASA Policy FAQs October 2014
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