In a strongly-worded circular sent to principals and districts, the provincial department’s head, Themba Kojana, ordered schools to stop admitting under-aged learners and enrolling learners weeks after the academic year started.
Kojana also instructed schools to desist from admitting more learners than allowed. A large primary school was allowed 930 learners, he pointed out. A secondary school can admit 1000 pupils.
“The department has noted with concern that some schools are not administering learner admissions properly,” Kojana said.
“(They are) admitting learners who are under age in Grade 1 and admitting learners up to the end of the first term of the year.