CAPE TOWN – The Competition Commission on Wednesday urged schools to adhere to the school uniform guidelines aimed at curbing anti-competitive behaviour at schools.
This is aimed at making sure that schools are compliant with the Competition Act but, most importantly, school uniform becomes reasonable and affordable, the Commission said in a statement.
The investigation into anti-competitive behaviour at schools was concluded early last year. The probe established that a number of schools still had exclusive contracts with one supplier.
These contracts did not go through a competitive and transparent bidding process. Given the number of schools and other considerations, it was felt that schools must focus on the primary function, which is to educate.
The Commission said it was reluctant to drag these schools through protracted litigation process and distract them from their main function. “We engaged all stakeholders including private schools, suppliers, governing bodies, and the government. We agreed on the implementation of school uniform guidelines issued by the government.”