Not all private schools privileged - Isasa

2012-12-05 16:03

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Johannesburg - Perceptions that all private schools were privileged were inaccurate, the Independent Schools' Association of SA (Isasa) said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Prim Gower said in a statement this was a misconception about independent schools.

"The truth of the matter is that those independent schools that qualify to receive a state subsidy and write annual national assessments are actually mid- to low-fee schools that cannot be regarded as privileged."

Isasa was responding to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga's comment, reported in the Cape Times on Tuesday, that public schools could not be compared to private schools.

Speaking after the release of the annual national assessment results on Monday, Motshekga said that public schools were overcrowded and less privileged.

According to the report, Motshekga said: "You cannot compare bananas to apples, a Rolls Royce with a Toyota."

The annual national assessment is a testing programme which requires all schools to conduct the same, grade-specific language and maths tests for Grades 1 to 6 and Grade 9.

More than seven million pupils wrote the tests in September, revealing low levels of literacy and mathematical ability.

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