Parents still distrust free schools

2011-01-20 00:00

NO-FEE schools currently account for more than half of all South African schools in the country, but because of the stigma often associated with these schools, research has found that people who should be sending their children to these schools still prefer to send them to paying schools.

That is one of the interesting findings of the latest educational research by the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), expected to be released next week.

The survey has also confirmed that the chances of passing matric are much greater for those pupils who attended a former Model C school.

According to SAIRR researcher Marius Roodt, no-fee schools make up 55% of all South African public schools and account for about 43% of all pupils attending public schools.

The Eastern Cape leads with the most no-fee schools of all provinces with 3 699 schools, 65% of all schools there.

KZN has about 3 099 no fee-schools accommodating 1,2 million pupils or 42% of the KZN school population.

Roodt told The Witness that research for their annual South Africa Survey is a statistical and analytical compendium of socio-economic issues in South Africa.

He said he was not at all surprised at the finding since there is a perception that no-fee schools are of inferior quality to those school that pay fees.

“The government in 2008 set itself a target of ensuring that 60% of all public schools would become no-fee schools over the medium term. However, there have been question marks around no-fee schools. Anecdotal evidence indicates that people who are entitled to send their children to no-fee schools still prefer to send them to schools which require pupils to pay fees.”

While Roodt said it will be difficult to correct the perception, he believes the department can ensure that the standards in no-fee schools are high.

“The department needs to ensure that the education that children get at no-fee schools is satisfactory and that it is comparable to that which is available in fee-paying schools,” he said.

Join the conversation! 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. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

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


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 network.


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.