Over 100 000 'ghost pupils' in E Cape
East London - The Eastern Cape education department will save R90.9m after 101 000 ghost pupils were uncovered in a school audit, the Daily Dispatch reported on Monday.
Department superintendent-general Modidima Mannya said the number could grow, with two of the province's five quintiles yet to be audited.
According to the audit, 2 020 158 pupils were enrolled in ordinary public schools, costing the state R900 a year per pupil.
Mannya said the audit was a breakthrough, with 83% of schools in the province not paying fees, which placed budgetary pressure on the department. He said 128 schools had been identified where funds would be re-allocated next year.
The Sterkspruit district seemed to have the highest number of culprits, with 139 schools inflating pupil numbers. The Dutywa district was second with 91, followed by the Ngcobo district with 63, the daily reported.