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South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act No. 84 of 1996)


Regulations relating to the Exemption of parents from payment of School Fees in Public Schools, 2005

3. Obligations of governing bodies and principals when learner is admitted to public school


(1) The principal must notify a parent of the following:
(a) the amount of the annual school fees to be paid and procedures for applying for exemption;
(b) the fact that the parent is liable for the payment of school fees unless he or she has been exempted from the payment thereof;
(c) a form (Annexure A), contemplated in section 41(4)(c) of the Act, must be completed by the parent and signed by the principal of the school and by the parent, indicating that the parent has been informed about the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b);
(d) one copy of the signed form contemplated in paragraph (c) will be handed over to the parent when the learner is admitted to the public school, another will be submitted to the Head of Department or his or her delegate as soon as possible, and the original will be filed at the school; and
(e) if a parent is in arrears by one month or more, the governing body will investigate whether the parent qualifies for exemption before acting in terms of section 41(1) of the Act.


(2) The governing body must cause a copy of these regulations to be displayed at the school in a conspicuous place.


(3) The governing body must, on request, provide the parent with a copy of these regulations.


(4) The governing body must treat as confidential all information that a parent provides in support of his or her application, and may not divulge such information to a third party without the consent of the parent, except to the Head of Department or his or her delegate.