R30m for school fee exemptions in Cape

2012-11-12 18:50

Johannesburg - More than R30m has been paid out to Western Cape schools struggling with the costs of fee exemptions, Education MEC Donald Grant said on Monday.

"While there have always been parents in our schools who qualify for fee exemption, we cannot ignore the fact that we are living in tough economic times... [and] many more parents simply cannot afford to pay their school fees, thus affecting school income materially," Grant said in a statement.

Grant said 650 Western Cape schools applied for fee compensation in 2012.

Last week the provincial department deposited R30 147 988 into the schools' accounts.

"It is the state that determines the basis for fee exemptions, and it is questionable to expect other parents to subsidise those that qualify for exemptions without some assistance from the state," he said.

"It is also unrealistic to expect schools to fund themselves at a significant level if there is no compensation for legally determined fee exemptions."

Parents qualify for exemption if school fees are more than 10% of the parents' combined annual salary, and can apply for partial exemption if the fees are between 2% and 10% of their salaries.

  • bev.lundie - 2012-11-12 19:06

    Fantastic, one part of the country that is trying to look after their own.

  • SharonE - 2012-11-12 19:10

    At least you can be assured of one thing - the money went exactly where it was supposed to go: Last week the provincial department deposited R30 147 988 into the schools' accounts.

  • russelllundie - 2012-11-12 19:18

    ANC 0 : DA 1

  • russelllundie - 2012-11-12 19:23

    How to tell a good politician from a bad one: Ask then to prove a claim they have made. Good ones are more than happy to show the evidence, bad ones take offence (and the cash) at the question.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-12 19:43

    See in WC under DA schooles are assisted back in msanzi the anc is helping the schools into the ground destroying text books...

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-13 13:18

      And houses now too...

  • MurrMcK - 2012-11-12 20:10

    For the cost of Nkandla, this could be kept up for 8 years...

  • ryan.holland.395454 - 2012-11-12 20:58

    R30m - chump change, as far as education is concerned. Never skimp on education, ever. Hope its been spent wisely.

  • flynn.govender - 2012-11-13 08:54

    If government can pay for one province, they can surely pay for the rest of the country as well. More people will be literate in SA, after all, people in school will someday be in-charge of the country. It is so appalling to hear our Blacks talk on tv compared to most countries in Africa.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-13 13:19

      AND they will vote with their heads too..

  • leandra.vergotine - 2012-11-13 14:21

    in our areas, most scholl fees are around R250 for the year. and most of the parents cant even afford this. some schools even said they can pay it over the year, R20 a month. not even that is happening. and trust me, most of the children get government grants. so why can the parent at least pay that??? or am i being unrealistic? people are so use to getting everthing for free, we not helping the situation at all.

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