‘Discriminatory’ Application Process Leaves Poorer Pupils Stranded
Poor pupils in Gauteng who were forced to attend government-subsidised private schools because they could not find a place at public schools fear being left out in the cold again.
The Gauteng Joint Liaison Committee and the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (Isasa) have accused the provincial education department of treating private school pupils as “second-class” citizens because of the “discriminatory” grade 8 application process.
Their bone of contention is that grade 7 pupils in private schools were excluded from applying for a place in grade 8 next year when registrations opened on August 10 for all grade 7s attending public schools.
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