Western Cape Education MEC urges parents not to sign indemnity forms
Cape Town - Parents have been urged not to sign indemnity forms by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) after reports emerged that some schools were asking parents to do so.
Education MEC Debbie Schäfer on Friday said that the WCED has had a number of parents report to them that they have been asked by schools to sign an indemnity form before their child is allowed to return to class.
"The WCED does not support the use of such forms, and indemnity forms do not remove legal responsibility from the department," Schäfer said.
WCED spokesperson, Bronagh Hammond previously said that they have not asked schools to issue indemnity forms.
"In fact, we ask that schools refrain from doing so. If parents are being asked to sign such forms they must please contact their district office so that we can address with the schools concerned."
Schäfer stressed that parents do not have to sign such forms, and their children may not be refused entry to school. Schäfer said parents can find their district offices here: https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/contact/districts
The MEC added that the first two weeks of school for Grade 7s and 12s in the Western Cape proceeded well overall.
"Thank you to all of the WCED officials, school staff, SGB members and parents who have supported our schools to open safely. A special thank you is also due to the learners who returned to school and co-operated with the screening procedures and hygiene practices."