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Will Learners Be Deregistered? MEC Lesufi Answers Concerns

Since schools reopened, some parents have been concerned about their children being deregistered. The Education department has now spoken about what will happen to children if parents decide to keep them at home. 

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Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has stated that learners will not be deregistered if they do not return to school. In a radio interview on 702, Lesufi said:

“Gauteng has taken a different approach, if families feel that their children can't go back to school, we have given them the opportunity for home education,” said Lesufi.

In addition to this, schools are not allowed to pressure parents to deregister their children if they do not wish for them to go back to school. 

Lesufi said the department has amended the initial law which stated that learners would be deregistered if they did not attend school for 10 consecutive days without explanation.

“The law has been amended. If your child is not back at school, they will not be deregistered and they will have space next year. But we encourage parents to choose other options that ensure that their children continue learning,” said Lesufi.

The department has asked parents to try other options to ensure that their children are allowed to continue learning. 

“Those that want their children to come back, we have strengthened the strict protocols within our schools. We have given support to every family to choose the best outcome that will suit their children.”

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