Schools not allowed to withhold reports even with outstanding fees

Schools not allowed to withhold reports even with outstanding fees

- As the last week of school is in progress, parents are being cautioned to not allow their children's schools to withhold their report cards

- Public schools are not allowed to, under any circumstances, withhold scholars' results

- Schools may also not make parents sign an acknowledgement of debt form before releasing the results

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The school year ends this week and with it comes a few concerns.

Some parents have not managed to pay outstanding school fees and are worried that their children will not get their report cards as a result.

Parents can rest assured in knowing that it is illegal for schools to withhold your child's results for any reason at all.

This includes outstanding school fees, unpaid fundraisers and missing textbooks.

Sue Larkan of TABANSI, an organisation that offers support to parents and scholars said, "A school may not, for any reason, withhold reports," she told us. "The practice of withholding report cards is against the law."

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"The sad part is that parents do not want to challenge the school and often think that their children will be victimised - they are correct as this happens."

A school is also not allowed to ask parents to sign an acknowledgement of debt before giving out a scholar's results.

Schools should give out results to every child in the same manner.

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Public schools are also not allowed to request a credit or ITC assessment from parents.

Teachers are also not allowed to discuss the school fee matter with scholars or keep them out of school.

The matter is strictly between the parents and the School Governing Body.

A lot of parents are also not aware that there is no closing date to apply for exemption or reduction of payment of school fees.

For more information or assistance, parents can contact TABANSI through their Facebook page.

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