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Govt fails to pay schools

2012-02-05 13:09

Johannesburg - Some provincial education departments have failed to compensate schools which offer fee exemptions for poor pupils, the Sunday Times reported.

One Eastern Cape school granted fee exemptions of more than R700 000, but received just R784 from the government.

Provinces are obliged to pay compensation to schools for admitting pupils whose parents cannot afford school fees. This was according to amended regulations which came into effect in April last year. Qualifying schools were supposed to have been paid by November 2011, but the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo had not done so.

Meanwhile, the North West paid out only R148 840 to nine schools, despite budgeting R1 million for 248 schools. It said most schools had missed the application deadline.

Mpumalanga's education department said it had not received any applications. The Eastern Cape paid out R2.7 million to 77 schools, an average of R35 000 per school. It said these were the only schools that had applied for compensation.

According to the Sunday Times several schools had applied, but were not paid out, or paid less than they had applied for. As a result, schools across the country had written off millions in fee exemptions.

The basic education department said compensation for schools depended on the availability of money.

Comments
  • Kim - 2012-02-05 13:15

    Availability of money? What rubbish. Just a few months ago a thief was given over 20 million rand a year straight into his back pocket. The government department has no idea how to control money.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-05 14:38

      But the sheeple will vote for them and say that the free education is because of the ANC, and not realise that the schools will close!

      Max - 2012-02-05 14:51

      If that is the case then why does the ANC keep on publicly promote the idea of free education, it is just crual to the poor people.

  • Ben - 2012-02-05 13:15

    Were funds not available or did it follow a wrong route.

      Kim - 2012-02-05 13:20

      These funds Ben have a GPS route straight into someones pocket

  • bernpm - 2012-02-05 13:18

    Too busy with Malema!

  • jacques.koorts - 2012-02-05 13:25

    Hey basic education department, just check the coffer where I pay in massive amounts of tax. You'll find plenty of money there. If someone has not stolen it yet you have your problem solved.

  • Deeteem - 2012-02-05 13:55

    So whats new, the anc government fail at everything !!

  • bluegoose - 2012-02-05 14:24

    Is the " basic education department" a division of the "education department"? If so please explain the availability of money,is it a administration issue or a lack of funds?

  • liaanp - 2012-02-05 14:26

    To whose wallet is it going to?

  • braamc - 2012-02-05 14:26

    Oh dear, I thought we almost an entire welfare state already?

  • Utopian - 2012-02-05 14:35

    Scandalous. Schools should immediately stop subsidising and send these children and their parents straight to government itself. A sit-in at Wonderboom Junction until subsidies are compensated should do the trick. Schools in Tshwane were also forced to subsidise but nothing was paid by Gauteng Education. In fact, government does not have the ability to verify the subsidy applications (but require schools to do so without any capacity.) It is a stinker of a system and poor children have been left in the lurch because Education Departments are spending the money on themselves and their fat-cat consultants.

  • Wesley - 2012-02-05 15:48

    This bullsh&t, goverment want to have a say in where to place children, but when it comes to pay, they don't they are no where to be found. Sponges on the parents that do pay. Reduce taxes

  • lindaawhelan - 2012-02-05 16:02

    School governing bodies can no longer set admission policy and the Department of Education fails to pay remission subsidies. Is this a deliberate ploy by government to wreck the few functioning schools?

      pws69 - 2012-02-05 16:52

      Yes, but we are not taking it lying down. I am an SGB chairman, and I can guarantee you we, as quintile 4/5 schools, are going all the way to the top courts to clear up this ANC mess.

  • pws69 - 2012-02-05 16:57

    At what point do school fees become a tax? Let me elaborate. A quintile 5 school charges school fees of R10,000 a year. But the law states that we have no option but to accept non fee paying learners. For this "acceptance" of non fee paying students, we receive R147 a year, or a "loss" of R9,853 per pupil. 10%, 20%, 30%, 50% of learners? Now, let us take this a step further. At what point does your quintile rating reduce? This is the where it gets interesting. Schools are rated quintile 5 because of a historical rating, which the department REFUSES to downgrade based on CURRENT financial information, resulting in less that 50% of parents subsidising the rest. When does school fees become a tax?

  • pws69 - 2012-02-05 17:04

    The truly sad part of this whole fiasco? Blacks blindly voting for the ANC out of some misguided loyalty. Let's compare the "caring' ANC and the supposedly 'uncaring" (according to the ANC) governments. DA run Western Cape paid out subsidies to 502 schools (meaning MORE poor people got a better education). ANC run Gauteng paid out to 223 schools. Which province do you think has more money, and more schools. But you keep voting ANC. Unbelievable.

  • Chris - 2012-02-06 13:50

    This is crazy. add up all the unaccounted funds at the various regions - i recall Gauteng had R2.6billion, cost of flying showerhead around the world with 50 flight staff and 3 large jets, government ministers squandering R100 000's on private flights because the precious little Prima Donna didn't want her handbag searched - i hope the lot of them hang their damn heads in shame for not looking after a poor childs education. Sies.

  • kseyffert - 2012-02-06 14:09

    Availability of money when way more than what was spent has been budgeted.

  • Jason - 2012-02-06 14:37

    But vote for us, we will give you frrree educashen - and whats even more f*cked up, is the ANC will be voted for again come next election, why because they promise the world, and give... f*ck all!! Nice one ANC - you are making us proud!!

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