Federation of Governing Bodies for South African Schools (FEDSAS) says provincial officials at the KZN Department of Education don't have the authority to make a decision to ban matric dances.
Speaking to CapeTalk's kieno Kammies, Paul Colditz, FEDSAS CEO says decisions on social activities of schools should be left to the school governing bodies.
The department has said that learners need to focus on their exams instead of worrying about preparations for the farewell, but Colditz says the matric dance and exams is part of the school calendar, allowing for planning time.
We are encouraging our members to go ahead with it in a responsible manner.— Paul Colditz, FEDSAS CEO
He says the biggest problem is the after party and not the farewell, by trying to ban the matric farewell the learners will have a party anyway with no supervision by parents and teachers.
The Department encourages schools to wait till after the exams to have matric dances but Colditz says it becomes difficult to get all the learners together after they've written exams.
Listen to the full conversation below: