Minister reminds schools that undocumented children must be accepted

Minister reminds schools that undocumented children must be accepted

Minister Angie Motshekga has sent a circular demanding that schools comply with the Eastern Cape High Court's ruling that children who don't have documents must still be accepted. This comes after select schools were still rejecting undocumented children.

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Angie Motshekga has been forced to remind schools of the Eastern Cape High Court ruling compelling schools to admit undocumented children.

Ground Up reports that a circular has since been sent out to provincial education departments, heads of provincial government sections, district directors, school governing bodies, school principals, all South African schools and governing body associations to follow the precedent set by the court. gathers that Judge President Selby Mbenenge had ruled the department could not remove or exclude “children, including illegal foreign children, already admitted, purely by reason of the fact that the children have no identity document number, permit or passport, or have not produced any identification documents”.

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Despite this, some schools were turning undocumented immigrant children away. A circular had been sent out in July by the acting director-general of the Department of Basic Education, passing down the order to comply.

Schools had been instructed to conditionally accept children in order to allow parents time to obtain documents.

Commenting on the situation, spokesperson for the African Diaspora Forum Amur Sheikh said:

“We hope to see the full implementation of the circular. We will also be visiting schools that have been known for making admission difficult for migrant children.”

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