What kind of problems are schools facing in terms of admitting undocumented children?

Schools – or school principals – can face severe government fines if they are found enrolling students who lack proper documentation, so many principals can be wary of admitting non-South African students. However, schools may not discriminate based on documentation status in an applicant’s admission. Furthermore, if a student is not admitted to a school, a written explanation for the refusal must be provided and parents have the right to appeal this decision according to the Schools Act.6 Some schools may request additional fees or previous transcripts to admit a non-South African student – this is unlawful. If you are told this by the school, please contact one of the organisations listed here.