Not all private schools privileged - Isasa

2012-12-05 16:03

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.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-12-05 16:12

    By Angies admission she is a banana - the problems she speaks of were hers to solve. Fail.

  • klaas.waarzegger.7 - 2012-12-05 16:22

    They do betters because thy learns.

  • Danisa Nkuna - 2012-12-05 16:30

    I went to a private school in Giyani, Limpopo. It was not a privileged school, but the teachers there were more hardworking, our classroom sizes were smaller and we had a sense of pride in our work and in our school. I think there is something in mid-tier private schools that can be replicated in government schools.

  • crystal.core.5 - 2012-12-05 16:39

    Well, they may not always cater exclusively to a privileged community, but they are indeed privileged not be under the complete control of the utterly incompetent and corrupt ANC government officials and their cronies ...I'm sure their pass rates reflect that sentiment, they probably even have textbooks in their classes because don't have to rely on an ANC cronie tender to print and deliver them.

  • Strikeback - 2012-12-05 17:14

    A privilaged school is one the government has not yet messed up.

      francois.lacock - 2012-12-05 17:18

      Good one!!!!!!

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-05 17:41


      aphiwe.mayola - 2012-12-05 19:35

      Very true!

  • andrew.arde - 2012-12-05 17:39

    Look at any parastatal enterprise vs a private company...........there is your answer as to why private schools have better results!!! Government cannot touch anything without f'ing it up properly!!

  • andrew.arde - 2012-12-05 17:40

    And of course raping the coffers until there is nothing left!!

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-05 17:42

    This Prim Gower is a Prime Liar.

  • gaby.hide.3 - 2012-12-05 23:06

    Kids do what parents do. The majority older parents can't read. I guess it may take a few generations. Successful schools have a good School Governing Body. Paying school fees encourages parents to be involved in their school. Everyone should pay, even if it is only R1 a month.

  • Lorenza Condon Marques - 2012-12-05 23:07

    I am a public school teacher. I am extremely dedicated. I work my butt off... I do more than what is expected of me. I certainly DO NOT fornicate with learners. please don't generalize when talking about public school teachers. We are not ALL lazy.

  • Elaine Pillay - 2013-03-19 09:02

    I am a Teacher in a govt school and I must say that working in a govt school is quite frustrating since policies are constantly changing. As a result, academics in a govt school is unstable. GDE Officials also constantly do checks on ex- Model C schools and ignore other schools. Ex-Model C schools are constantly required to take more children into their schools causing over-crowding in class and less attention for children from their Teacher. Meanwhile many schools in townships are empty. Rather put money into those schools. Upgrade them to an ex-Model C school and let all children have good schools with dedicated Teachers in their own areas. That will alleviate traffic as kids won't be travelling to schools far from home and that also means they have more time to dedicate to homework and studying.

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