EDITORIAL | If pupils err, forgive them. Not doing so could cost them their futures
Lessons and support should be provided to pupils who are expelled or forced into ‘off-campus education’
Expelling pupils, especially if they are older than 15 or in grades 10 to 12, can scupper their chances of passing their end-of-year exams.
This is because provincial education departments are not obliged to make alternative schooling arrangements for them and so it falls to parents or guardians.
They can, however, ask education department officials for advice and assistance. In contrast, if an expelled pupil is in the compulsory schooling age group of seven to 15 years or in grade 9, the onus is on the departments to place him or her in another school...