More than 26?000 KZN grade ones

2011-01-19 00:00

SCHOOLS are ready for the start of a new academic year. That’s the word from both the KZN Department of Education and private school regulator the Independent Schools Association of South Africa (Isasa).

Last year, 2,7 million pupils were welcomed in about 6 000 schools in the province, while the figure of the newest members into the system, the grade ones, was 250 395. Both these figures are expected to increase by at least five percent, department spokesperson Mbali Thusi said yesterday.

Meanwhile, Isasa has 121 member schools in the province, which collectively had 23 650 pupils last year.

“Generally, all our members are pretty ready for the new school year. We have not received news of any problems,” said Simon Lee, Isasa’s communications manager. Lee expects the new crop of pupils this year to move last year’s figures to above 25 000.

While there might be more independent schools in the province, Lee said these schools don’t need to join Isasa, they just need to be registered with the department. “Isasa assist their members upon enquiry on particular issues such as issues involving curriculum, issues on best practice which has to do with questions on contracts and disciplinary action,” said Lee. He said they will be collecting data on the enrolment figures next week and are likely to know the exact numbers toward the end of the month.

One area that might be an issue for independent schools this year, Lee believes, is that of financial sustainability and fee payment since some parents might still be dealing with the effects of the recession.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.