No pupil to be expelled for not attending school

Johannesburg –The Gauteng Education department has said that no child would be deregistered if their parents did not take them to school during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The department said the law which compelled schools to deregister pupils who did not come to school for 10 consecutive days without an explanation, has been amended.

About 2.5 million Grade R, six and 11 pupils returned to school on Monday; and the department said about 2% of all learners in the country had not returned to school.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said those children will have their places in school next year. “We just passed that law over the weekend and that communique will start to flow to schools this week so that schools can be aware,” he added.

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