MBOMBELA – This is according to DoE spokesman Jasper Zwane. Following the incident, the department attempted to close the school, a decision that was set aside by the North Gauteng High Court.
Cefups was directed not to administer corporal punishment and to comply with section 10 of the South African Schools Act at all times.
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“Since the death of Seane we have received no more complaints about corporal punishment. It seems the school is complying with the order,” said another spokesman, Gerald Sambo.
Yet the deceased’s mother, Nthoto, said last Wednesday, “I was told after a meeting with their legal department it seems they have legal powers to only close government schools and not private ones if they do not comply. This is a huge gap. So who is monitoring what private schools do?”
Zwane responded by stating that the department was responsible for registration of independent schools and to ensure that the education delivered was not of an inferior standard.
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When questioned how many independent schools the department had closed in the past five years, he stated, “Other than the case in question, there were no reasons or grounds that necessitated the closing of private schools in the past five years.”
He said after the death of Paballo, the department set up a task team which recommended that Cefups Academy be closed.
“All due processes to that effect were followed by the department to close the school. Cefups took the matter to court for review and it set aside the decision of the department to close the school,” said Zwane.
After the court’s decision, the matter was closed by the department.
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“Everything was done by the DoE in keeping with the framework that governs education to address the challenges experienced at this school, and there is a court order that is in line with what the department wanted to achieve,” he concluded.
Lowvelder attempted to contact Cefups Academy to find out if there were any changes at the school. The new principal, MC Makosane, responed by stating they could not answer because, “The matter is still pending.”