Withholding report cards is illegal

12 December will be day of issuing progress report to all learners across the country, many parents will be frustrated as they have outstanding fees and their children’s report will be withheld by the school.

Many South African schools withheld report cards as a means of obtaining overdue school fees. However, legislation has changed in respect of withholding report cards.

Section 41 (7) of the South African Schools Act says that learners may not be deprived of their rights to participate fully in school programmes, this includes receiving a report card. This regulation applies to both public and independent schools from Grade R – 12.

The regulation does not prevent a school from using other means, such as legal action, to obtain fees that may be overdue in terms of the contract between the school and a parent and it also doesn’t prevent the school from excluded learners with outstanding fees.