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  • TUESDAY 3 February 2015 | 0021 910 6500 | Fax: 021 910 6501/06 | Email: post@peoplespost.co.za | Website: www.peoplespost.co.za

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    Kensington residents are calling for preference to be given to local pupils during school admissions. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN

    EDUCATION

    No home advantage

    NICOLE MCCAIN

    @nickymccain

    K

    ensington residents are demanding

    first preference in school admissions.

    Parents claim they are being turned

    away to cater for pupils travelling into the

    area.

    Kensington resident Aubrey Finck took

    over guardianship of his grandson during

    last year, and was forced to place him in a

    school in Salt River.

    He approached HJ Kronenberg Primary

    in January last year, asking which steps he

    should follow to enrol his grandson for the

    2015 school year.

    He maintains he visited the school anoth-

    er three times during the course of the year

    to ensure his grandchild would have place-

    ment.

    However, at the start of the school year he

    was told there was no space.

    Finck, a pensioner, now has to pay trans-

    port costs for his grandchild to go to school

    at Cecil Road Primary.

    HJ Kronenberg principal Yul Cupido re-

    ferred Peoples Post to the provincial educa-

    tion department for comment.

    Provincial education department spokes-

    person Jessica Shelver says no forms were

    received by the school.

    The secretary issued them with applica-

    tion forms in July.

    Shelver explains the school merged the

    three previous Grade 2 classes into two

    Grade 3 classes this year and the pupil was

    placed on a waiting list as the school was

    waiting for two pupils to return from the

    Eastern Cape.

    School governing bodies may determine

    admission policies, in terms of the South Af-

    rican Schools Act, Shelver says.

    Some community-based schools opt to

    give preference to pupils from their local ar-

    eas, while others traditionally enrol pupils

    who commute. The Western Cape does not

    apply a zoning policy, she explains.

    Kensington mother Diedre Petersen at-

    tempted to enrol her son intoGrade 8 at Ken-

    sington High, but was reportedly told the

    school was full.

    She says he was denied a place because he

    passed Grade 7 with adjustments, and the

    high school gives preference to stronger aca-

    demic pupils.

    Kensington High is a Dinaledi focus

    school which places an emphasis onmaths

    and science and therefore screens their pu-

    pils, says Shelver.

    They received more than 400 applica-

    tions for 180 places in Grade 8. Although the

    pupil was not accepted at Kensington High

    due to poor maths and science marks, the

    family came to theMetroCentralDistrict for

    assistance and were offered a place at Wind-

    ermere High, which is within walking dis-

    tance from their home, she says.

    But, says Petersen, she was informed both

    Windermere and Maitland high were full,

    and she could send her child back to Grade

    7.

    Ward councillor Lisa McBride believes

    schools need to domore to accommodate pu-

    pils. Its against the Schools Act for chil-

    dren to not be in school. Priority needs to

    be given to the areas children, so they can

    receive schooling where they live.

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    illegal modifications and illegal

    racers seem to have had a false start.

    The new regulation, made public two

    weeks ago and which are to be added to the

    Traffic Regulations Act, caused an uproar

    among the motoring fraternity. The pro-

    posed regulation seeks to impose stricter

    fines on illegal racers and cars that aremod-

    ified, says a media release.

    Enthusiasts are now banding together to

    take a stand against the proposed regula-

    tion.

    Meanwhile City of Cape Town safety and

    security mayco member JP Smith said his

    team will impose stricter fines on drivers

    found guilty of taking part in illegal races.

    He said media reports that he and his

    team plan to target drivers of modified ve-

    hicles are worryingly inaccurate.

    For the record, the Citys Traffic Service

    is mandated to enforce the provisions of the

    National Road Traffic Act No. 93 of 1996.

    [This is] a national piece of legislation

    which states that any modification of or

    tampering with a vehicles safety design

    renders the vehicle unroadworthy unless it

    is done by the manufacturer or a registered

    body builder, Smith says.

    But car enthusiasts and the after-market

    industry wants clarity on what this regula-

    tion will mean in practical terms.

    Cape Town Car Enthusiasts (CTCE) rep-

    resentative Kersten Greybe says confusion

    has many motorists driving in fear.

    People are scared to even just drive their

    cars to the corner shops since the announce-

    ment.Nobodyknowswhat is happening and

    no answers have been given and we need to

    know exactly what this means for the Cape

    Town car culture, she says.

    Greybe says more people in the modified

    car circle are selling their cars. People are

    opting to sell their cars because they don