What does the law say about confiscating cellphones in schools?

Chair at the Chamber of Legal Students, Yolisa Nocanda says schools cannot ban children completely from using electronic devices.

The school code of conduct needs to be reviewed, he says. Schools, together with the parents, need to come up with policies regarding the use of cellphones at school.

According to Nocanda, a lot of school's policies are outdated and when these issues arise the school is unable to deal with them accordingly.

Parents need to stop taking for granted 6pm SGB meetings because that is where parents get to contribute to the school's policies and play an integral part in drafting the code of conducts to meet the recent needs.

Yolisa Nocanda, Chairman at Chamber of Legal Students

Children today do need cellphones, you can't lock them out of the information bubble.

Yolisa Nocanda, Chairman at Chamber of Legal Students

Some schools are said to be making parents pay money for the release of a cellphone after the school has confiscated it.

Nocanda says it should be stated clearly in the financial reports of the school what the fine money is being used for.

When the school charges parents to buy back their property, the question is where is this money going, is it disclosed in the school's financial reports or is it funding lavish staff parties?

Yolisa Nocanda, Chairman at Chamber of Legal Students

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