Here is the draft copy of a Charter that 24 government schools were reported to had agreed to back in November 2013 (names of 24 schools here: http://blog.schoolboyrugby.co.za/?p=5901)
TRADITIONAL STATE BOYS SCHOOLS SPORTS CHARTER
Born out of concern that some of the high profile sports at our schools are increasingly being driven by non-educational imperatives and affected by questionable (unethical) practices, we the members of the coalition of state boys schools affirm that sport is an important part of the educational programme at our schools and that in the first place it exists to help us develop strong character, healthy attitudes and life skills in ALL our boys. These lofty objectives for our sports programmes are being undermined by an overemphasis on success in contests (winning), by the notion that the school is only as good as its sports results and by practices that have developed to encourage this kind of narrow success.
In an effort to ensure that the sports programme at our schools continues to be a healthy component of our educational programmes, we hold firm to the following principles and practices.
• Sport is an important aspect of our educational programme that is designed to develop all our boys.
• We play our sport within the rules and the spirit of the codes we offer.
• We value good sportsmanship in all its forms and reject gamesmanship in any form.
• We believe that educators are the most suitable coaches and administrators of sport in the school setting.
• We admit boys to our schools based on our understanding with them and their parents that they will benefit from involvement in the full educational programme offered by the school.
• We reject approaching and offering money to boys to allow or encourage them to switch schools. We believe that scholarships (by definition for high academic achievers)and bursaries (for needy children)linked to the admission process should operate at Grade 8 level only
• We believe that after Grade 8 boys should only be admitted to a high school as a result of compelling circumstances (e.g. relocation) and in consultation with the headmaster of the previous school.
We undertake to make known our acceptance of the principles and practices above by:
• Informing our community – Parents, staff and Old Boys.
• Informing support bodies (e.g. SARU) and seeking their support.
• Making our stance known to other schools with whom we have sporting relations.