08 February 2018
Aldah Sithole is 12 years old. She finished grade 7 (Std 5) with flying colours. She attends the extra math and science classes at Khensani Collection daily and she has a mentor who has helped to show her a world outside of Diepsloot. She was excited at the thought of going to high school this year. Unfortunately Aldah’s mom is an alcoholic and has no ID, but Aldah has done a great job of raising herself, without missing a single day of primary school. The new regulation calls for students to register online and supply their birth certificate details. Besides the internet challenges in Diepsloot, the largest issue is that Aldah has no birth certificate and has therefore been unable to register. Weeks have gone by and daily she has gone with her mom to ask to please be placed somewhere, anywhere.
Yesterday Khensani Collection director Shera Deavall went to Sunrise High School. The principal was lovely and said she would gladly accept the student but her hands are tied and she may not take a student who does not have a birth certificate. Shera called her superior at the Department of Education, George Segaetsho. He coldly told her that unless the child has a birth certificate “it is unfortunate” but there is nothing they can or will do. She begged for other options or places she could turn, desperate to get her into school.
“So I had to turn around to this talented South African born child, budding with potential and inform her that she will not be going to school. To see hope drain from a child’s face is devastating. As a minor, she herself cannot do anything to change the situation. Her mother is helpless as she has no documents to present;”said Khensani Collection director Shera Deavall.
“So what now? Does this child NEVER go to school? Surely it is a child’s constitutional right to get an education? I have knocked on every door and been turned away. We have visited home affairs in Randburg, JHB CBD & PTA and were met with rude, unhelpful people at every turn. I desperately want more for this child, and others like her. How can we help her, please?” Added Shera.
Diepsloot Times appeals to the Department of Home affairs and Education to assist the child in exercising her right to learn.
Anyone willing to assist please contact Khensani Collection director Shera on 082 787 7832 or