Principals take out loans to save schools - claim

2012-10-02 21:54

Johannesburg - Some independent school principals took out personal loans to keep their schools afloat because state subsidies were not paid, a school association said on Tuesday.

"Principals take out personal loans to pay teacher salaries, and often approach loan sharks to keep afloat," said the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (Isasa).

Executive director Jane Hofmeyr told reporters in Johannesburg: "The government's regulatory environment has become more disabling for independent schools, making it impossible for them to survive."

The survival of the low and mid-fee paying independent schools was "severely" under threat.

Subsidies should cover at least 50% of the schools' budgets. At least 630 schools and 130 000 pupils were affected.

"In such situations the day-to-day running of the schools suffer and they ultimately have to close down," said Hofmeyr.

Municipalities treated the schools as commercial entities and not as non profit organisations.

"We had to approach courts for relief, especially in Mpumalanga where municipalities charge schools unreasonable, exorbitant amounts, [for rates and taxes] threatening their sustainability."

Isasa is a member of the National Alliance of Independent Schools Associations of Southern Africa (Niasa), which had asked the Public Protector to investigate the payment of school subsidies in five provinces.

The complaints were against Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, North West, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.

Hofmeyr said Niasa was still awaiting word from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on whether she would investigate.

The alliance had also filed papers at the Constitutional Court against the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government after it lost a case in the High Court in Durban.

The Constitutional Court would hear the matter for the first time in November, said Hofmeyr.

Hofmeyr said it was difficult to say how much the provincial governments owed the schools.

  • kim.buren - 2012-10-02 22:01

    Jeeees, but Zuma will upgrade for R203 mil. Am I missing something?

      lownabester - 2012-10-02 22:06

      Kim, thats the banna republic we live in.

      boltonbarry - 2012-10-02 22:10

      Just think about it. He wanted to buy a 200Mil Boeing 777. Now its 200mil for his homestead. That is a total of 400 mil in tax payers money. And here we are thinking that the redistribution of wealth has not started yet. If you give each person in this country a million rand you will still have a lot of change to upgrade his "little" house and we all will have an awesome time

      Onke Mdingi - 2012-10-02 22:13

      It's realy not good news...

      nico.brits.581 - 2012-10-03 01:05

      Its even worse boltonbarry the plane Boenig 777 quote was R2000mil

      tc.convulvulous - 2012-10-03 07:25

      Absolutely disgraceful! This country under the ANC-plunderers is totally colapsing! Disgusting. Shameful!

      craig.moir.14 - 2012-10-03 08:21

      Yes Kim you are missing something. The ANC government does not need to educate the masses as they will acquire their jobs via BEE laws and not via education and hard work.

      sean.carbutt - 2012-10-03 08:29

      @khethu, it's f/heads like you that are keeping the k...r word alive. You are a f/ing idiot, a racist and f/ing stupid

  • hdejager3 - 2012-10-02 22:07

    @ Kim 1+1=8

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-02 22:09

    There is something very very wrong here! Government officials live the high life while this is going on? Angie - please resign so that someone can take your place, someone who can fix this!

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-10-02 22:24

    Africa @ work.

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-10-02 22:48

    Starting to become way too obvious. Time for tax paying citizens to more?

  • tobydt - 2012-10-02 23:15

    Wow, Limpopo, ECape, NCape and now Gauteng is following... Education in South Africa is f***ed.

  • lucialwazi - 2012-10-02 23:29

    Independent or not, the schools should be exempted from certain municipal fees. As the nation, this is something we should stand for. Education is a primary need in progressive society.

  • JohnDough - 2012-10-02 23:49

    I see the "dumb the nation" plan is working.

  • Annelize Grobler - 2012-10-03 06:10

    I bet some will still (after 18 years) blame apartheid for not getting proper education.... NOT MISMANAGEMENT !!! NOOO its still apartheids fault ?!?!

      tc.convulvulous - 2012-10-03 07:28

      Nothing is worse than the ANC-rot that is destroyng this country!

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-03 08:38

      Yup apartheid and the whites will always get the blame. The word apartheid to me now means permission to fail

  • godesha - 2012-10-03 06:17

    Things are just going from bad to worse and to think that JZ is planning on spending more than 200 million on his house. But then I suppose one gets so used to the gravy train that one does not want to get off it. Shocking.

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2012-10-03 07:35

    Angie Motshega has failed indeed, worse part Zuma is very supportive on her. In terms of the budget report, we had a lower spent on education, why they did n't use the money to accomodate such situations? Angie must go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • craig.hopkins.376 - 2012-10-03 08:14

    Another ANC success story. Keep up the good work.

  • craig.hopkins.376 - 2012-10-03 08:17

    @Kethu, once all the whiteys have left for Europe & you are living in the ANC cess pit, trading in cattle & having your wife raped on a regular basis, I'm sure you'll be wanting Europe too pal

  • gregory.martin.5070 - 2012-10-03 08:24

    Everything in SA seems to be broken - may God help us.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-03 08:32

    I hate being a pessimist, but I do not believe there will ever be any improvement. Zuma and his home upgrade disgusts me and makes me want to vomit. I am thrilled that someone leaked the story of his home upgrade to the newspapers, the truth will always come out.

      Dave - 2012-10-03 11:00

      The truth will as you say, in this country however, the consequences rarely follow

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