North West Government warns parents to ensure private schools are registered with Education Department

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The North West Government has warned parents to ensure that the private schools their children are attending are registered with the Department of Education.

The Department has identified at least 50 schools in the Rustenburg area that are not registered, while a number of schools in Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp have also been red-flagged.

MEC for the Department of Education Mmaphefo Matsemela says they are going to clamp down on these unregistered schools

“Education is worried about private schools that are maturing particularly around Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp and also Rustenburg in a particular situation to continue in the North West province. Number one, private schools that are not been registered with us are actually making parents pay exorbitant fees. Number 2, when you register for a private school we make them aware of our curriculum.”

Meanwhile, the owner of Prestige Academy in Rustenburg, Cathy Chambers says her school started operating in 2009 and the school has registered 170 learners for this academic year. She says they have been making efforts to be accredited by the department but nothing has been done.

“In 2010, [Minister] Angie Motshekga came here. She said she’s satisfied, we must just apply with the department which we did. We still have not registered, nothing from the department.”

Some learners from North West cut-off from schools due to floods

Learners from parts of Kraaipan in the North West have been unable to go to school after major storms damaged bridges.

There have been heavy downpours there in the past few weeks.

Municipal officials have visited the area to assess the damage:

a month ago