Dad goes to court after kids suspended from online classes over school fees

schumi

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A Durban father filed an urgent application on Friday asking the high court to order the Durban North Primary School to allow his two children back into virtual classes after they were suspended for defaulting on school fees.

The grade 4 and 7 pupils were denied access to the school's online classes for children with comorbidities or with high-risk family members.

The school has been holding the online classes for children who are unable to attend school. The classes are a live stream of the actual lessons given by teachers to pupils who are able to physically attend school.


However, in a letter sent out on June 25, the principal said if school or aftercare fees were in arrears, the school would not accept a child's request to join the online class.
More at : https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/so...spended-from-online-classes-over-school-fees/
 

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School is gonna lose.
It depends what the school did to try and rectify the situation.

If they followed a fair procedure and gave the parents ample warning it would happen, the courts will favour them.
 

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Why is that ?
He might have used legal aid or probono. But that all depends on his income and if he really doesn't have money.

Otherwise you are right. Some people have money for lawyers before they will pay for school fees or any other service they believe don't need funding.
 
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MightyQuin

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He might have used legal aid or probono. But that all depends on his income and if he really doesn't have money.

Otherwise you are right. Some people have money for lawyers before they will pay for school fees or any other service they belied don't need funding.
I am willing to bet that this guy and his wife are loaded and merely bucking the system.

ALL of cases like these that have been in the papers over the last year or so, has not been indigent people who cannot afford school fees, but rather self-important, well-off members of society.
 

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My neighbour is the principal of a secondary school with 750 pupils and 22 teachers.

If a parent is not financially robust, they can apply to the school for relief and will never be refused. Even a R10 payment is sufficient

But its those parents to assert their "rights" and give the school the middle finger he has no time for. They have been to court 11 times in the past few years and won their case every time

In fact the Wynberg Magistrate refused to hear the last few cases and threw them out of court
 

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My neighbour is the principal of a secondary school with 750 pupils and 22 teachers.

If a parent is not financially robust, they can apply to the school for relief and will never be refused. Even a R10 payment is sufficient

But its those parents to assert their "rights" and give the school the middle finger he has no time for. They have been to court 11 times in the past few years and won their case every time

In fact the Wynberg Magistrate refused to hear the last few cases and threw them out of court
If you can't beat the system, play the system. :thumbsup:
 

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He visited a parent who had 3 boys at his school and had not paid for 2 years
Nice house, 2 cars, wife owns a pet boarding kennel, no signs of penury. Lots of excuses. Husband "likes to take a drink" were his words

Maybe a bit of gambling too
 

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And being able to share contact details with 3rd party partners.

Win - Win
And also share marks. That way, the third party can build up a database of stupid and smart kids. Tutors etc. can advertise to kids who are failing, scammers can try to scam them etc., while smart kids can be connected with bursary opportunities, university career guidance programmes and so on.
 

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Regardless of weather he can afford to pay the fees or not, this father should not forget that the teachers conducting the classes and the content his kids are getting are not free services either,Salaries have to be paid at the end of the day.
 

Kosmik

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2c.

There are currently three school options on the cards and the fourth removal:

1. Child returns to school
2. Family presents a medical reason as to why not able to attend in person ( child or parent , not specifically child ) and child is attends online classes
3. Child is kept at home and attends online classes if offered by school
4. Child is dereigesterd and registers for home schooling.

In the cases up to three above, the parent is still liable to pay school fees. That does not change. There have been parents who insist that their children attend online classes but are unwilling to pay school fees. That is not fair to the school either. If a parent is in genuine distress ( and there are many ) , they can apply for remission and even with us, present the circumstances and documentation proving the problem. The sad thing is, there are actually parents using this crisis to not pay fees, even partially and the government has removed A LOT of funding from schools so a very large amount of salaries are paid via the governing body. With no fees, those teachers can't be paid which can mean layoffs and the ballooning of class numbers to "government acceptable" levels.

All I'm saying is that there is always three sides to a story.
 
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