(Press Statement: Feb.20, 2016) The Minister of Education Dr Phineas Magagula has appealed to Headteachers to allow learners without birth certificates and ID’s to go back to school whilst logistics are put in place to assist all children who are not in possession of these documents.
The press statement issued days ago reads,” It has been brought to the Ministry’s attention that a number of schools have refused learners to proceed with their education because they do not possess Birth Certificates or Personal Identification Numbers (PINs).”
“The Ministry would like to inform the public that it is a requirement for learners entering Grade one to be in possession of these documents and has liaised with the Ministry of Home Affairs for issuance of these important documents”.
It further states, “However, the Ministry of Home Affairs has pointed out to the Ministry that it implemented the Civil Registration Project between the years 2005 to 2010 where the public were required to obtain a Birth Certificate and a Personal Identity Numbers (PINs) as part of the Civil Registration Project”.
“As a possible way forward, and realizing that this is a process it has been agreed to extend the deadline for the processing of these documents to December 2017. All school going children will be required to obtain the Birth Certificate and Personal Identity Numbers (PINs) before they come to school in January 2018. The Ministry would like to reiterate that all learners should have these very important documents to be allowed to be in school in Swaziland regardless of Grade level”.
“In the meanwhile Headteachers are required to allow learners to go back to school whilst logistics are put in place to assist all children who are not in possession of these documents”.
“The Ministry of Education and Training will in the meanwhile prepare a circular to all schools detailing the procedures that need to be followed in acquiring these documents”.