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Things get sticky after primary school pupil is expelled over a toffee

Principal ‘cancels child’s place’ after mom takes exception to son being denied a toffee reward for proof of paying fees

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A principal expelled a grade three pupil after his mother became embroiled in a spat over why he did not receive a sweet as a reward for paying his school fees.

It is customary for staff at Montessori Private Primary School in Springs, Ekurhuleni, to give pupils a toffee once they hand over a brown envelope with a proof of payment slip inside confirming that the school fees have been paid.

But when the mother of the nine-year-old boy sent a courteous WhatsApp message to the principal, Irma Cronje, on Tuesday indicating that her son’s fees were paid timeously electronically, things turned ugly...

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