Private school attendance grows 87%

2013-01-17 10:35

Johannesburg - Private school attendance rose by 87% between 2000 and 2011, according to a report on Thursday.

Parents were losing faith in public schools, where enrolment only grew by 13% in the same period, reported Business Day, quoting from the SA Institute of Race Relations' latest survey.

According to the survey, the number of private schools grew from 971 to 1 486 between 2000 and 2011.

However, the proportion of pupils in private schools remained at 4% of children enrolled in the education system.

  • amanda.terblans - 2013-01-17 10:42

    Guess it is easier if you only have one or two children to educate, private school is then an option, however if you have 8 or 9 child its impossible, reckon if people had less children they would be getting a better education ..... it quality not quantity .

      johnny.better.12 - 2013-01-17 10:57

      Which is why we chose to have 2 kids -- no more. Cant afford it, financially or mentally. Kids take a lot of time. LOL

      Vishen - 2013-01-17 18:25

      Not if your culture says otherwise....apparently.

      sydney.l.butler - 2013-01-18 08:40

      Yeah, the wife and I have decided "one and done". Private school is about R3000 per month, more than one child would be crazy.

  • D_MAN - 2013-01-17 11:02

    It just shows government school are failing. All the government can do is just shrug their shoulders. Massive changes need to be made to bring government school education to the top again. Fire all in the education department nd get ppl that know what they are doing. Children out there are craving for education and knowledge but government doesnt see that.

      Vishen - 2013-01-17 18:27

      Re- open the teacher training colleges!!!

  • Jeremy - 2013-01-17 11:15

    There are good government schools and poor ones. It usually depends on where the schools are and how committed the parents and staff are to providing a good education. Right now, I'll name two excellent government high schools which provide quality education and a 97%+ matric passrate at a very reasonable price - Parkview High and Greenside High. If they can do it - why not the rest?

      Jeremy - 2013-01-17 11:18

      Sorry, I meant Parktown High (in Parkview)

      mbulelu.diba - 2013-01-17 17:04

      Jeremy, I also come from a good small-town state school (100% pass rate for the past 12 years). It is a mixed-race school and the teachers there is excellent (as in most former model-c schools)... The issue is that the school system is deteriorating so fast that kids today is not taught half of what children were taught 10 years ago. My youngest brother completed matric recently and I saw how terrible their science and maths syllabus looks. And to achieve 30% and pass is waaaay too easy. Even in my time I already felt that school is too easy to prepare one for what is required of you at university. To conclude, at the pace that things are going backwards, in 10 years time it might very well be necessary for my kids to attend a private school if they wish to get a proper education. And this is coming from someone who used to be very opposed to private schools. One can only wish that things will start changing for the better...

      mbulelu.diba - 2013-01-17 17:29

      Good schools and teachers, with a mediocre curriculum can at best produce average quality scholars.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2013-01-17 12:00

    Well let it grow, some public schools are so much developing their system and producing good results.

  • chris.booise - 2013-01-17 12:10

    I'm not surprised.

  • richard.zanner - 2013-01-17 12:25

    Well my kids are in private schools. Costs me R 9000 per month but how can I trust public education where it is stated by the minister that basic education is not a right. I was on Governing Body of Public school some 5 years ago when my kids left and it was a good school. Today it is in shambles. My kids will now write the IEB exam in matric which is a higher standard and yet the universities will not see this as a plus point but in the end the kids that then go to Varsity do not make it as they are not prepared for it. It is not their fault but a crying shame on the Government who has let them down so badly after 20 years and yet year after year our great Minister of Education tells us how the results have improved. 25 years is seen as one generation so in another 5 years a whole generation has been subjected to this substandard education and they are the future leaders of this country. Classic one blind leading another. So we solve the problem by reducing pass rate to 30% which means our future leaders only have to achieve 30%. Surely this is not a question of race and I am not being a racist by saying these words but it is a simple matter of logic. Is our Government to dumb to see it or are they trying to sabotage our country on purpose. The saddest thing is that most people cannot afford private education (except our leaders off course.) and have to simply see their children go from bad to worse in a system that is failing them. Is this what they fought fo

  • jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2013-01-17 12:59

    Privatise all schools in SA.

      doug.evans.56863 - 2013-01-17 15:04

      Yes indeed !! why is CASATU not shouting about that?? Would be the best thing for SA!!

      doug.evans.56863 - 2013-01-17 15:05

      If done properly could be very lucrative !!

  • beverly.young3 - 2013-01-17 13:18

    The article did not mention the 'home-schooling' which too has grown in numbers. Sadly the private schools are the only way to go. Very expensive but worth it in the end.

  • charnelle.bester - 2013-01-17 18:06

    I do not see a private school as a luxury but rather a basic need considerinng that the average pass rate according to previous News24 reports is between 20% to 30% in some of the public schools. The saddest part of all this comotion is that the price to pay is a big burden on a ordinary middle class family, considering that the schools in the East Rand are roughly R4000 a month (that is the cheapest).

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