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Case of a noble idea gone bad

Yesterday, this newspaper carried a disturbing report about two no-fee-paying schools in northern Pretoria that denied pupils stationery because their parents had failed to pay a R50 donation.

The schools in Mabopane ordered parents who failed to pitch for the cleaning of their facilities in preparation for reopening last week to fork out a R50 “once off donation”. The result of this has been that pupils whose parents could not pay were then apparently denied stationery by their teachers in order to force the parents to comply...

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