More no-fee schools in SA - SAIRR

2012-07-23 16:51

Johannesburg - The number of non-fee schools in South Africa rose between 2008 and 2010, the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) on Monday.

Non-fee schools made up 55% of all public schools, or 13 643 of 24 814 schools, in 2008, SAIRR said in a statement.

That figure rose to 60% in 2010, with 14 567 out of 24 532 schools not requiring fees.

Statistics sourced by the SAIRR from Statistics SA and the department of basic education showed that the Free State had the highest percentage of non-fee schools in 2010, at 83%.

Of the 1 636 public schools in the Free State, 1 354 were non-fee schools, up 34% from 2008.
It was followed by Limpopo, at 71% in 2008 and 77% in 2010.

Expanding access to education in poor areas was necessary, but evidence showed that non-fee schools did not perform as well as low-fee schools, said SAIRR researcher Jonathan Snyman.

Fewest no-fee schools in Western Cape

"Because of this, the rise in schools that do not charge for tuition needs to be accompanied by the provision of quality education, otherwise increased access to education will be meaningless," he said.

The Western Cape had the highest growth in the number of non-fee schools between 2008 and 2010, at 64%.

However, the province still had the second lowest percentage of non-fee schools in 2010, at 46%, SAIRR said.

Gauteng, at 22%, had the least non-fee schools in 2010.

KwaZulu-Natal showed the least change between 2008 and 2010. Non-fee schools made up 53% of public schools in the province.

About 67% of public schools in the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape, 52% in Mpumalanga, and 55% in North West were non-fee schools.

  • peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-07-23 16:59

    So is the money that should be going to school books for all going to schools so students dont pay school fees? Or does the government just not care about school books at all?

  • Tshepo Mongale - 2012-07-23 17:03

    government is slowly getting there. yes there is lot of corruption but lets give credit where it's due people

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-07-23 17:17

      Credit for what? Taking 7 months instead of 8months to deliver books?

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-07-23 17:30

      Tshepo you right 18 years is SLOW... They took 10 steps back and moved back 4 more! How sloe can you go?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-07-23 17:41

      Credit for what? Would you prefer 100% free schools - who will then pay for those - the people who don't use them and send their kids to private schools?

      BulletProof. - 2012-07-23 17:55

      What is your time frame for slower getting there, 40 years? How many more years the government needs to stop corruption at all levels and make the state machine work for all South African population?

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-23 18:27

      Mongale in 1994 we had 4000 schools. In 2012 we got 2300 left. Do you need any further explanation as to where the ANC is leading us?

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-07-23 17:26

    No-fee schools = No books, no classrooms and no-clue teachers. Stuff your stats!!!

  • shawn.frankson - 2012-07-23 17:33

    govt does not care about the quality of education all they worry about is votes

  • steven.m.armour - 2012-07-23 17:50

    The government are a bunch of clowns.Zuma is the ringmaster.Malema was the chief clown.They couldn't organise a pissup in a brewery.

      hsebolelo - 2012-07-23 19:08

      Malema is xpelld, moes\r\n..

  • tikoloshe.hogana - 2012-07-23 19:27

    on quality- mistake was done with introduction of OBE. SA is not ready for that. it needs well resourced schools. unfortunately those r former model c schools n r few. think that with CAPS (new system) we will do better. on clueless teachers, remember they r bantu education products BUT be live me they r trying hard n doing their best

      Johan De Beer - 2012-07-24 06:13

      Bull. I happen to visit numerous schools in the Eastern Cape and teachers in black schools are particularly lazy. Nothing to do with their education, but rather with their attitude and work ethic. Some arriving three hours late, others leaving at noon, some intoxicated, many basking in the sun outside while a pupil is left in charge in the classroom. Do the authorities not notice this?

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