No child in SA may attend Grade 1 without a birth certificate, and late registration can be quite a complex process; especially when then the mother cannot present herself along with child at home affairs for whatever reason. Benson recently dealt with a case where a child was almost going to attend Grade R for the third year in a row, purely because the child still had no birth certificate. Fortunately our social workers got wind of the situation and were able to intervene and eventually obtain a birth certificate for the child who has now happily progressed into Grade 1.
We URGE all mothers to please ensure they register their children. Under no circumstance should a child’s learning development be delayed, unless a specific exemption has been obtained from a psychologist. At Valley Development, our door is always open if you are struggling with this process.