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A GRADE R pupil was initially refused admission to the same school as her older brother a week ago because of a directive from the Gauteng department of education.
The little girl has since been admitted to start school next year.
Her father said they were advised that the child would not be admitted to the school just because her brother was a Grade 4 pupil there.
The school was acting on a directive issued by the department (GDE) even though the family live within the catchment area of the school. The child is at a kindergarten across from the school.
A Mrs Manley who is in charge of admissions at Constantia Primary School said: "This is the general policy of the GDE made a few years ago. All districts have to follow rules that pertain to the schools. We do not know why the rule was made."
The GDE spokesperson Nanagolo Leopeng sent a copy of the department's admissions policy in response to queries.
The department said children outside the catchment area of the school were placed on the B list, which is a waiting list.
Priority was given to children on the A list who live within the area of the school. The only reference to Constantia School was the department's denial that the nearby kindergarten was a feeder to the school.
Several principals who refused to be named said the rule was clogging their admission lists and that they could not understand why the rule was made.
"Siblings look after each other and help to moderate behaviour. Latchkey kids also look after the younger ones. It will be difficult for parents to transport their children to different schools," a teacher said.
Supplementary questions by a psychologist on the inadvisability of separating siblings went unanswered a week later.
Repeated requests to the GDE for an explanation have drawn a blank.