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‘No, you can’t have your report because your fees are outstanding’

That’s what a school is said to have told a pupil whose dad lost his job in the July riots

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While most pupils would have been overjoyed if they bagged eight distinctions in the year-end tests, it was a bittersweet moment for a grade 9 pupil after her school withheld her report because of unpaid fees.

Her father lost his job after the business he worked at was burnt down during the July riots. The school’s acting principal has since apologised, saying “some educators did the wrong thing”.

The 15-year-old cringed in class on Monday when a teacher at Solvista Secondary School in Phoenix, north of Durban, told pupils that those who owed fees would have to get their parents to make arrangements to pay them before they could receive their reports...

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