A local school said to be operating illegally as Gordon’s Bay College for quite some time has finally been successfully registered with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) as an independent institution.
This has been confirmed by WCED spokesperson Bronagh Hammond, and follows a representative of the school approaching DistrictMail with the update in response to a 2018 article that had been run showing concern voiced by a Strand grandparent over its legitimacy (“Gordon’s Bay College still not recognised”, DistrictMail, 18 January 2018).
The grandparent turned to DistrictMail after money was paid to the school, where his granddaughter was enrolled for Grade R and received only a month’s education before the decision was made to remove her after they learnt that the school was apparently unregistered and suspected of operating illegally.
He said although a registration fee, uniform and two months’ school fees were paid, despite there being no guarantee that the school was an accredited place of learning or that the quality of education received was uncertain, and despite his grandchild’s acceptance at a local primary school.
In the end the child’s parents felt compelled to take action.
Following communication between the grandparent’s employer and various representatives of the WCED as well as the minister’s office to inform them of the matter in June 2017, the employer was informed “the school has applied to be registered with the WCED, but some of its paperwork is still outstanding and, until then, it is not registered.”
On enquiry by DistrictMail it came to light that Gordon’s Bay College, situated at 25 Bloubos Street in Gordon’s Bay, was not registered with the WCED, and therefore any teaching and learning taking place would not be recognised.
The school has since applied for the registration process, which was initially delayed by outstanding paperwork, on 15 March last year and was successfully registered on 15 July, said Hammond.
She says the school is registered as a primary school accommodating Grade 1 to 7 learners following the National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (Caps).
“The municipality would need to confirm how many learners are approved for the site, which has been zoned appropriately as prerequisite,” Hammond said.
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