school fees

Any child, regardless of age, race, and gender, is legally entitled to an education. This can be seen in the Children’s Act which clearly outlines the rights of children.

  • Children have the Right to a stable Education
  • They have the Right to feel safe

What do I need to Enroll a Child?

When you enroll a Child into a School, the School requires the following from you:

  • A certified ID copy of both parents – if one parent is just the account holder, only their ID is applicable
  • Unabridged Birth Certificate
  • Your Child’s manuscript
  • Your Child’s transfer card
  • A Letter of Good Standing – Stating your school fee account is up to date
  • Proof of Residence

The Sad Reality

There have been instances where Children’s Rights have been violated. Their education put to a swift halt.

Parent’s either boycotting school fees due to Financial irresponsibility or affordability issues, leaving children  Socially, Physically, and Mentally underdeveloped, wondering the system without purpose

Why should I pay for my Child’s School Fees?

You should pay your school fees for the following reasons:

  • To ensure a healthy Credit Score
  • To ensure you don’t ruin your reputation
  • To ensure you don’t cause harm the Relationship you and your Child hold

What happens if I don’t pay my Child’s School Fees?

When enrolling your child into a School, regardless if it is a Government or Private School, you, as a Parent or Guardian are required to enter into a 12-month legally binding contract with the school.

Schools offer a variety of payment plans: Monthly, Termly, or Annually.

This makes it super easy to keep up with your Financial Commitments.

Should you start to falter on your School Fees, a number of consequences will start to flow.

It tends to have a domino effect on a number of things:

  • You School Fee account with incur interest
  • You will ruin your reputation
  • You will put your Child’s position at the School at risk
  • You will have to enter into payment agreements

Payment Agreements

A Payment Agreement is an agreement entered into by You and the School. It helps the School recover your outstanding fees.

The agreement:

  • Acknowledges the outstanding debt
  • It sets out fair payment terms for you to meet
  • The agreement is usually entered into on a monthly basis to ensure the outstanding fees are retrieved faster

You don’t have to worry at this point. Of course, being behind in payments is never a pleasant pill to swallow but rest assured, your Child’s position at their School is not at risk yet

What happens if I continuously dodge paying school fees?

If you still can’t or refuse to make payments towards your outstanding school fee account, it is important to note the following:

  • Your school fee account will gain interest
  • Both Parents will receive a Letter of Demand – after 3 months of non-payment 
  • You will be given a Formal Warning
  • You Child’s position will be at risk

I haven’t honored any of my payment agreements, now what?

Legally, the School has to give you a chance to rectify your financial blunder.

However, after 3 months of not receiving any funds from you AND you faltering on your agreements, the School will have no choice but to send you a Final Letter of Demand

This letter will outline the following:

  • It will be addressed to both parents
  • The Letter will address the situation
  • It will outline the outstanding amount
  • It will give the action required – i.e they could request immediate payment
  • They will inform you that you have 10 business days to settle your outstanding account or your child will be terminated effective immediately
  • Your Contract with the School is now at risk – You should worry

What Happens Now?

At this point, you have two choices:

  1. Settle the outstanding amount within the 10 Business Days – your Child will then be allowed back at the School
  2. Remove the Child from the School and find a more affordable one

Parents who can afford school, listen up!

If you can afford to put your child into school, you need to do so and ensure you keep them there.

Your little human is looking to you for stability, for safety, for education. You cannot let them down.

You cannot hinder their right to progress socially, mentally, and physically, at the expense of your unsound financial decisions OR your unforeseen financial situation/emergency

If you can’t afford school fees and would like to Home School your Child, we encourage you to take our Online Homeschooling Course first

If your child is kicked out of School:

  • Will not develop in the way that they need
  • They will become socially isolated making it more difficult to reintegrate them at a later stage
  • They may start to harbor resentment and anger toward you
  • Their educational journey will be severely affected and put to a grinding halt

You also need to be aware of the fact that you will struggle to enroll your child in another school if you haven’t met your payments with your previous school.

As mentioned, in order to get your child into a school, you need to supply a Transfer Card and a Letter of Good Standing.

A transfer card is a card issued by each school that gives the child permission to leave. It also states the reason the child left the school and in this case, it would be a financial reason

If you don’t have one, enrollment will not be successful

The problems you could face as a parent

I am not sure as to how many children you may have or if you have boys or just girls or a combination of both genders.

The bottom line is: when children are bored and not in school, their structure and routine are compromised and they are left to their own devices during the day.

It is a bad recipe and is an invitation for bad and unusual behavior

Now, I know some of you may be thinking that I am crazy but just hear me out. Your child may very well behave, be polite, responsible, etc, but don’t be fooled. Weren’t you once?

The point is, children will become more curious as the days go by that they are not in school.

Look out for:

  • Unusually quiet behavior
  • Your children or their friends going into a room together and being uncomfortably quite (whilst coloring is innocent and isn’t a noisy activity, children, at some age, become sexually curious)
  • Aggressive behavior – try and get your child to talk to a trained professional during this time so that they can process their emotions effectively
  • Depressive behavior – during this time, your child may feel sad and withdraw. They will feel a sense of separation anxiety whilst being away from their friends and teachers
  • Stealing – whilst your child may not be this way inclined, more time, leads to greater boredom. Be sure to watch out for this as this may be a way of them processing their emotions in an inappropriate way

If you can’t afford school fees and would like to Home School your Child, we encourage you to take our Online Homeschooling Course first

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