- Last week, photos went viral of the first black-owned private school in Vosloorus, a large township situated south of Boksburg
- However, it has come to light that the stunning private school is operating illegally
- The Gauteng Department revealed the school's application to register was denied on 13 April last year
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported South Africans were in awe of the new Ayanda Primary School in Vosloorus. However, it has since been revealed the school does not have a licence to teach.
On Tuesday, Gauteng Department of Education spokesperson, Steve Mabona, said the private school's registration application was denied in April last year, meaning it has been operating illegally.
“The process of registration takes 90 days when the application is compliant and because this school did not comply, they received a letter declining their application on April 13, 2018,” said Mabona.
IOL reported the school opened its doors at the start of 2018 and has since enrolled 248 learners from Grade R to Grade 2, whose parents pay between R1 450 and R1 750 a month.
The Star reported the school's owner, Margery Tyobo, revealed she applied for registration before she started construction in 2016 and only received an answer last year.
Tyobo confirmed that the application was denied, stating the cause as a delay in the approval of their occupation certificate.
"They wanted an occupational certificate to say the place is safe,” she said.
Mabona said it is illegal for a school to operate without a licence and it could risk the education of the learners as well as financially exploit the parents.
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