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Public school fees shocking - minister

2012-10-28 21:30

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is “shocked” and “angry” at how much it will cost to attend some government schools next year – but says there is nothing she can do about it.

Parent bodies of top state schools across the country have been meeting this month to decide on fee increases, and some have hiked them to more than R30 000 a year.

Last week, Motshekga accused school governing bodies of “privatising public education” and making it “unaffordable for most parents”.

According to a snap survey conducted by City Press, the most expensive school was Durban’s Westville High School, which will cost R31 111 next year.

However, others may still charge more.

Cape Town’s Marist Brothers’ Junior Primary School, a fee-paying government school, which cost R30 834 for Grade 7 pupils this year, has yet to decide on its fees for next year.

Other schools which are still to decide on their increases were Johannesburg's Parktown Boys’ High School, which cost R28 850 this year; and Port Elizabeth’s Grey High School, which cost R28 320.

Motshekga railed against “galloping” school fees, which “somehow needed to be contained”.

Law

She said: “It’s a big problem and even [former education] minister Naledi Pandor tried to address it. But unfortunately there is nothing we can do as, by law, school governing bodies and parents are responsible for approving budgets.

“It’s a major concern. It means if you have three children in one such school, you could pay up to R100 000 per annum, which is unaffordable for most parents.

“It is actually privatising public education and we are quite concerned.”

Public schools are classified into fee-paying schools, under which most former Model C schools fall; and non fee-paying schools, which include most peri-urban, township and rural schools.

But Paul Colditz, the CEO of the Federation of Governing Bodies of SA Schools (Fedsas), said many schools had no choice but to raise their fees because of hikes in electricity tariffs and other municipal services.

They also had to increase the salaries of the additional teachers they employ to keep class sizes down.

Colditz said fee-paying schools were divided into three categories.

The first charge between R5 000 and R12 000 a year and have few sports facilities, extramural activities or additional subjects.

The second charge up to R20 000 and offer above-average sporting facilities, extramural activities and additional subjects.

The highest category of schools, he said, cost up to R31 000 a year and were attended by wealthy children who enjoy the best sports facilities, music classes, teachers for extra subjects and a wide array of extramural activities.

“In 2008, the average cost per pupil per year was R4 000 for primary schools and R6 000 for high schools,” Colditz said.

He predicted a survey by Fedsas next year will show that the average cost for primary schools is between R6 000 and R7 000, and between R8 000 and R12 000 for high schools. Colditz said there were “dramatic changes” since their last survey.

Municipal accounts, electricity

The big culprit, he said, is rising municipal accounts, “not even to mention electricity”.

Economist Mike Schüssler, said electricity prices rose by 142% in the last four years and it is placing more and more consumers, among which are schools, into debt.

“People can simply not afford electricity any more,” said Schüssler.

In Limpopo and Eastern Cape, he said, there are schools with 19 vacant posts which are filled by temporary teachers who have to be paid.

“The school will either go down or the governing body will step in and provide support staff.

“All schools spend 50% of their budget on teachers, additional teachers and support staff,” he said.

But not everyone believes the fees are justified.

Matakanye Matakanye, the secretary of the National Association of School Governing Bodies, said: “We abhor these types of fees. It’s a rip-off. These schools are created by the middle class and the rich to exclude the poor.

“They are privatising these schools and it’s a struggle that we have to take on.”

Comments
  • brett.macdonald1 - 2012-10-28 14:58

    Bla bla crap.. Leave things to Malema mob and we'll only get worse... I guess now's the time to thank moron Malema for moron Zuma.. As if out of 1.2 billion people, we don't have any smarter than this...

      andrew.gordon.505523 - 2012-10-28 21:48

      Where do you get 1.2 billion from?? SA's populations only about 60 million, and I don't think we are willing to put in power someone from another african country if that's where you're getting 1.2 billion from

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-28 21:53

      Actually, there is lots you can do, get your comrades to stop stealing taxpayers money, get showerhead to refund the R230 million for his personal home extension, force your comrades to repay all the money they stole, stop the fraudulent tender process. If only 50% of the money stolen by the ANC politicians were to be refunded, 90% of the schoolkids would not have to pay school funds. So yes, there IS something you can do about it.

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-10-28 21:55

      Marist Brothers in CT is a private school with a few teachers paid the Ed Dept (State Aided). Get your facts right!!!

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-28 21:57

      The constitution says 1. Everyone has the right ­to a basic education, including adult basic education; and to further education, which the state, through reasonable measures, must make progressively available and accessible. 2.Everyone has the right to receive education in the official language or languages of their choice in public educational institutions where that education is reasonably practicable. In order to ensure the effective access to, and implementation of, this right, the state must consider all reasonable educational alternatives, including single medium institutions, taking into account ­equity;practicability; and the need to redress the results of past racially discriminatory laws and practices. 3.Everyone has the right to establish and maintain, at their own expense, independent educational institutions that ­do not discriminate on the basis of race;are registered with the state; and maintain standards that are not inferior to standards at comparable public educational institutions. 4.Subsection(3) does not preclude state subsidies for independent educational institutions. Why the minister fails to refer to the big book when in doubt, than to fk up.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-10-28 22:24

      This is not the freedom we fought for... The ANC of today is not the same one that I knew... The corruption and nepotism makes me sick.

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-10-28 22:27

      She said she is “shocked” and “angry” at how much it will cost to attend some government schools next year – but says there is nothing she can do about it." I would have been surprised if she did anything. Lets see, there is nothing she can do about books. There is nothing she can do about delivery. There is nothing she can do about basic education.

      lsfreak - 2012-10-28 22:47

      I agree with most over this... I have a family and together we earn about R11000 a month (gross)yet the school fees are about R2800 a month for public schooling :/ I think the schools do this to keep the riff-raff out but still the schools want the gov to give more teachers than the none fee schools :/

      gungets.tuft - 2012-10-28 22:47

      The state contributes nearly nothing to those R30k schools. Out of 70 staff at my sons school less than 1/2 are paid by the state - the rest are paid by the parents and the Old Boys. If Angie, Moses and Siyanda are so worried about it, don't send your kids there. There are PLENTY of schools that offer free "education", go grab a handful of that. Sadly there will be no glass in the windows, 1 non-working toilet for 500 kids, no desks, 75 kids to a class, a teacher that regularly strikes, is absent 5 days a month. Instead of moaning about the stuff that works, spend you energy and time (and all that stolen money) fixing the stuff that IS broken. In KZN something like R5 million a MONTH (yes, a MONTH) goes to paying ghost staff, whole ghost SCHOOLS that the department cannot track down. Think what that money can do. Over R1 million a month pays teachers that are on suspension for misbehaving, some of them for 5 years now. Please, stop wasting our time with populist horse dung and just do your jobs. It will be the freedom Moses fought for right there.

      lsfreak - 2012-10-28 22:49

      Hey Andrew.Hendrikse Private schools aren't "Stae aided" @ all hence the term "Private" all teachers are paid out of the school fees :/

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-10-29 02:48

      So what happened to education after 1994: 1) Intimidation, drugs and murder are taking place in schools 2) The pass rate has been dropped so low any idiot can pass 3) Learners have no respect for teachers 4) Teachers have been arrested or dismissed for rape and other crimes. 5) Learners are not getting adequate assistance and materials(text book saga) 5) Learners stay away for months and vandalize schools. 6) Shortage of teachers, yet there are many highly skilled white teachers who are refused. Because of the above many parents do not even consider public schools and pay a fortune to keep their children in private schools. Accept the low price of public schools and your child will either get stabbed, get introduced to drugs or matriculate at a pass rate not accepted by 1st world countries.

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-10-29 04:10

      @lsfreak some, if not all, get state grants

      Jenny - 2012-10-29 08:25

      I would rather pay outrageous school fees than subject my children to poor education, striking teachers, no textbooks, stabbings and gangs. If our school hikes the fees with 400% I will still pay it. Educations is the only thing that will ensure a good future for my children.

  • gerda.vanrooyen.39 - 2012-10-28 21:40

    Unfortunately that is not the only thing she cannot do anything about. What did she do for Education in general this past year except for messing everything up.

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-10-28 22:58

      It would be interesting to find out how many government ministers send their children or grandchildren to full state schools. I would suggest hardly any, no parent would willingly or easily send their children to these schools were it would be impossible to receive a good education. Millions of poor African people are sacrificing to send their children to these former Model C schools were a good education is guaranteed.

      Billy - 2012-10-29 01:05

      lol theres nothing she can do about it? again shes not taking any blame for millions of rands thrown away instead of delivered to schools. how much "school fees" has she thrown away because more books are needed? interesting that zuma is angies' tjommie, it seems he needs the people to be uneducated/naive/gullible to keep him in power, so who best to do this?...

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-29 06:14

      Hell I am so glad that my kids are done with school. Nog al....I am sure that my understanding of of 'good governence' is based on 2 principals.....1. medical facilities,2. and education? Or am I living in la la land? (I know housing comes into to it as well) Just as an example, if one were to add up the figures bandied about in the past 10 days, Zuma, and all the other theft, it looks like in the billions? my very 'house-wife' estimation tells me we could take care of these two vital aspects, for the 45 million SA residents for the next 10 years...(I dont add too well ne?) help me here.

      art5SA - 2012-10-29 10:25

      Angie... get the RURAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SORTED... then worry about "Model C" schools... You have FAILED the children of the country... rather STEP DOWN... you will do the Education Dept JUSTICE!!!

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-28 21:52

    What exactly can this lady practicaly do except creating excuses

      parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-29 08:58

      Apparently she does breaths? Does this count?

  • erik.prinsloo.1 - 2012-10-28 21:56

    These schools and parents are more concerned about giving their children a proper education than the goverment!

  • JackTrend - 2012-10-28 21:58

    Actually no, can hardly blame the rich. The schools are getting so little support that they need to charge these fees to keep the quality of education the country needs. How does she not get it?

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-28 22:00

    Get what you pay for. Government pays about 30% of the true cost of running a proper school. If they stopped stealing the rest, m Abe all kids could get a proper education for the fast amount of money allocated for the purpose.

  • mmotoneshe - 2012-10-28 22:01

    by saying 'there is nothing i can do'..simple means.. i dont give a damn indirect..this current government sucks bigtime

      Billy - 2012-10-29 00:59

      shes actually admitting that she cannot do anything. shes admitting shes useless

  • jo.vankatwijk - 2012-10-28 22:14

    Unlike the "old days" when the Government and Education Departments used to pay for necessities such as the teachers' salaries and electricity for the schools, the schools now have pay almost everything out of the received school fees. So many teachers were "retrenched" many years ago and now most schools pay for teachers themselves. BTW, Angie, where and how is all the money earmarked for education each year spent?? Not on rural schools, or schools under trees. Like any other commodity: if you want the best, you pay for it.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-28 22:16

    There is nothing this one can do, at all, period, she should deliver text books, but who can trust her with this,.........anybody? nobody.........? It is an ANC thing they just can't do anything about anything...... talk, talk and more talk... meetings, meetings and more meetings but nothing ever gets done about anything Except steal more by over inflating prices for school equipment which is supplied through cadre/family companies who actually act only as middle agents.

  • eva.bogiages.1 - 2012-10-28 22:18

    Good schools have no option but to "privatise"! Parents at good government schools are obliged to pay those extra fees to keep classes small and manageable so that teachers can teach more effectively! Our useless, incompetent education department does not supply enough teachers to government schools, so governing bodies have taken charge to ensure that schools can employ enough teachers to cope with the teaching load! Shut your stupid mouth, Angie Motshekga! You're a hypocrite! YOUR department has squandered millions of rands and now YOU don't have enough money for text books, classrooms or BASIC facilities. Shame on you, you disgusting human stain! How DARE you point a finger at schools who are DOING something about the crisis, even if they have to raise "private" funds! You're not doing anything about the crisis, so someone has to FOR THE SAKE OF OUR CHILDREN! Your incompetence as Minister of Basic Education is shocking - people like you go to HELL for crimes like these against children. Sies!

  • akugburugburu.akuenwebe - 2012-10-28 22:23

    Zuma where are you, can you please understand the people you are ruling, do you see that in America or western world which you country South Africa is copying is dying grad gully, if you drive a car on the road, you pay money, house rent is costly in South Africa more than any other African countries, if not in the world at larger, look at school which is the rights of citizens of South Africa, cannot be affordable 80% of South Africans, but you keep quite why Zuma, it is not good, please grant this country free Education from grade R to University level. Thanks Chief Akuenwebe(Nigeria)

  • robert.warriner - 2012-10-28 22:23

    Stop focusing on the schools getting it right and sort out those that are not! Oh thats right how to create equal education for all ... Break those that are not broken as well! So clever ...

  • donald.perumal - 2012-10-28 22:25

    @Angie Motshekga If there is anybody who can do anything about high fees/unafforadable fees it is you:have you forgotten you are the Minister of Education,anybody taking decisions, acting in education are doing so on behalf of you.Not so difficult to understand. Its time you did something!

  • Chris - 2012-10-28 22:25

    Not to mention that these schools have to employ teachers at parents expense!! This is what it costs to give a child a decent education! Rather than criticizing she should maybe fund the township schools to this degree!

  • pawel.poniatowski.3 - 2012-10-28 22:29

    Where are the days of R600 per year that i remember....

      albert.m.burger - 2012-10-29 07:50

      I remember R10 a month in 1989

      Jenny - 2012-10-29 08:20

      1983 - R20 per year

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-10-28 22:30

    Woman you talk crap. You can actually do something about it, you the education minister, remember?

      JohnnoBfree - 2012-10-28 22:37

      What would you have her do, moron? Lower our education standards even more. Why even bother having schools period. Think all the extra money the ANC elite could steal then. And we would be to dumb to notice. Dumb and dumber every day. Stupid is, as stupid does. WTF

      Billy - 2012-10-29 01:03

      im guessing theres a comment missing here?

      parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-29 08:59

      Jip, if government and the state steals less, they can put the money where it belongs and then fees will be lower.

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-28 22:31

    Oh? But your ANC instructed model C schools to raise their own funds as they receive virtually nothing from government. And parents get to vote on the budget.

  • tobela.maki - 2012-10-28 22:31

    1st da text buk saga,nw da skul fees n stil dez nthng u can do?dat shows how corrupt and clueless u r abwt ur POSITION.JUST RESIGN PLZ..

  • JohnnoBfree - 2012-10-28 22:31

    Our education system is so screwed up already and now you want to mess with the schools that can provide a better education. You would have us all dumbed down to your level just because you guys are can't cope. Tough $hit pal, Already our grade twelve s cannot cope with varsity because the high school pass rate is such a low standard. ANC'S way of dumbing us down to keep the vote. Too dumb to know the difference between good and governance. Eish. Cry the beloved country. Is this really what you fought so hard for to create this friggin mess. Ever seen the movie Dumb and dumber. Ring any bells?

  • Oraniaboer - 2012-10-28 22:32

    Unbelievable cost for parents.

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-10-28 22:32

    Angie is trying to divert attention to the educational problems she has to the unimportant. All over the world there are schools with different school fees. It is the same in SA. Here nobody is excluded from schooling, the child goes to the school affordable to his parents. Problem is that in the areas where the people are poor school fees are very low or are not charged. Government contribution to schools is very low therefore these schools do not even have all the basic equipment needed. Some schools cannot even pay the electricity bill. Nor can textbooks for each learner be procured. Angie must fix the above before she gets “shocked” and “angry” at schools where the parents feed the bill.

  • thembalethu.kantoyanto - 2012-10-28 22:40

    I have never seen a useless Minister, what is it that she can do??????? It was text book saga and she wasn't responsible, now this. A minister is of basic education is vry useless, n not fit 2 lead anyone. Wht a disgrace

  • jabulani.mokomane - 2012-10-28 22:40

    'Shocked' and 'angry' but she can't do anything about the situation. She must intervene and stop wasting tax payers money.

  • mammudi.makgaleng.3 - 2012-10-28 23:06

    U failed to subsidies them so wat do u expect them to do? To close becoz they re so dull that they can't come with measures to control the problems? If your mind is blocked to address important issues don't think the whole SA is as doom as u are. You r nothing but useless Minister based on a critical position that needs one with brains. Resign and take ur incompetency somewhere were it won't bother the success of this country.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-10-29 11:24

      Please apply for her job!

  • Sasha-Lee Gow Lawrence - 2012-10-28 23:08

    welcome to democracy dear Angie. you get what you pay for. so smell the crap you as government pay for and enjoy it cos school fees will never drop just cos you opened your mouth with a useless comment or cause! big surprise, ntn you can do!

  • gerda.vanrooyen.39 - 2012-10-28 23:38

    Dear Angie, I think it is time you pack your books, if you can find them, and clear your office. Education will be better off without you.

  • dehlia.fredericks - 2012-10-28 23:54

    madam, plse spell incompetent?

  • pws69 - 2012-10-29 00:14

    This is pure politics at play here. The ANC are taking a pounding over the vastly different levels of education between former model C and poor schools. The ANC know for a fact they are unable to raise the education levels in the poor schools, to the only way to narrow the gap is to attack, and reduce the performance of, the good schools. Why do you think the Dept of Education attacked Rivonia Primary? To warn the rest of the quintile f4/5 schools. The Rivonia attack was a year in the making. The speed with which the department responded is impossible to do if documentation had not been prepared beforehand. Having said that, our school fees are less than R13,000 a year and a little over 24% of learners get varying discounts of between 100% and 10% (majority are between 80% and 100% discount). The department offers less than R400 per YEAR as compensation, which we do not even try to claim as the process is so onerous. Essentially the school fee paying parents are subsiding this 24% of pupils - yes, call it what it is a TAX. We are not unique. Why is Angie so quiet about that? Lastly,for a R13,000 a year (or ZERO for approximately 20% of learners) investment, learners have multiple extra-murals including swimming, cricket, soccer, netball, rugby, tennis, hockey, music, chess, drama, computers, and a comprehensive Media centre. On top of that we have inhouse psycology and remedial teaching. Which makes you wonder why certain schools are charging R30,000 a year.

  • stanley.millar7 - 2012-10-29 00:21

    30 Grand a year and yet the standard is very low. and half wont even make it to varsity.

  • Tshepo Mongale - 2012-10-29 01:14

    And why do we need you as minister if you Cant help the situation. Naledi Pandor failed which makes your failure acceptable?

  • Erna - 2012-10-29 01:17

    1. How can she not know what schools are charging? 2. Note that all these schools still offer a good standard of education. 3. These former model c schools pay the salaries of half their staff, which includes admin and groundsmen because the department doesn't pay for sufficient staff. They pay for everything out of these school fees, eg. Telephone, printing, stationery, trips, school photographs, municipal charges, security, etc

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-10-29 11:29

      Yep and they work hard at getting funding from past pupils. Its the only way to bring change to the standard of education in the country. Principals need to have business acumen and be accountable.

  • andile.tyhaliti - 2012-10-29 01:33

    What a lame excuse by the Minister. The laws can and will always be amended where a need arise. These exhorbitant school fees is just another method of gate keeping in particular the disadvantage. Why only township schools are no fee schools? It seems the SGB'S have more power than the executive since they are given a cart blanche as far as the school fees are concerned. Madam Minister you must level the playing fields or we will always be faced with this evil of inequality

      smallies - 2012-10-29 06:17

      if your idiot minister will start paying teachers instead of wanting to fire them (11000 in the eastern cape )these high fees will not be charged....

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-10-29 11:33

      Andile wouldn't you rather she pour some money into poor schools and supply better teachers than try and make everyone bad quality? Do your kids go to no fees schools? I bet not!

  • kseyffert - 2012-10-29 02:17

    One point you all missing. Take proof of your financial situation to the school and they will cut you some slack. Your fees will be adjusted more inline with what you can afford. Of course, it means that someone else is going to have to carry a greater share of the cost... Oh right, that is why the fees keep going up. You see, we are talking about the list price of the fees. I don't think any school is in a situation where all their pupils are paying full list price.

  • thulanit3 - 2012-10-29 02:53

    apartheid legacy prevails,,,deny them access as mich as u can.

      Erna - 2012-10-29 06:05

      Let me assure you, with the salaries black people are earning, there are plenty of them that can afford these fees. Just look at who drops off their children in their fancy German cars.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-10-29 11:36

      And thulani, where will you send your children? I'm assuming if you're sitting on News24 then you must be doing alright? No one sends their kids to free schools if they can afford model C. It has nothing to do with 'denying access'

  • simson.moller - 2012-10-29 03:01

    Well, that's one way of keeping the "riffraff" out... Ha ha ha.

  • sela.job - 2012-10-29 03:31

    how can minister say she cant do anything...in her office pls minister u spoke the truth ur incompetent....

  • andrew.j.thomas.311 - 2012-10-29 03:52

    Dear Minister, it no use standing there and blaming the schools for privatizing themselves, they have to do what is needed to ensure that they maintain the standards required. The question you should be answering is how is it that we are finding living under the ANC Government so expensive and what are you doing about addressing that. Eskom will need to double electrical bills by 2018 to meet the power requirements, this will come out of already stretched tax payers pockets, it will also have an impact on school fess which will go up further. Food , fuel and other basic necessities have gone through the roof, what is the ANC Government doing about this, it is the ANC job to create an environment where the economy can prosper, in stead we have strikes because miners can not live on R 12000 a month, that's an indication of how expensive life has become, every year more and more money is spent in a manner that is accounted for,how is it Minister that we do not hear from you how that makes you angry. Wake up minister you are part of the problem, stop blaming schools and the governing bodies and start dealing with the problem art hand, lack of accountability in the ANC lead government, then you will find a solution to your anger.

  • Venessa Born Stubborn Ede - 2012-10-29 04:30

    You really cannot blame the schools for having these kinds of fees. Look at the quality of the education received compared to 'non paying' schools! Parents and governing bodies are forced to push up the fees to make sure they provide a good academic, cultural and physical education and keep up with the ridiculous admin required by the education department that changes every term. If they had to drastically lower their fees there would definitely be a decline in quality because that can't be maintained on government funding alone. They also take families' financial situations into account and will also offer scholarships to promising students! It is a monster created by the government, maybe if more money was dedicated to education and less to 'enriching' the lives of the political elite this vast gap in education quality can be shrunk over time!!!

  • kenny.bianco.7 - 2012-10-29 04:48

    The point here is that those laws regfarding fees must change, department must pay municipal bills, and those rich enough to pay such money must take their kids to private schools nd not on public grounds, it is jzt a way of keeping the poor out of schools

  • nikkie.degoede - 2012-10-29 04:48

    I think parents who pay school fees for quality education for their children should get a tax deduction on it as our current taxes paid to govt. goes for their own benefit and not for the benefit of our children's education or future, something she can do about it!!!!!!

  • kenny.bianco.7 - 2012-10-29 04:50

    By the way, you educated coconuts, it's not minister who can change the law

      luke.dekoker - 2012-10-29 10:00

      By the way,kenny.bianco.7 you Uneducated Charcoal, this useless minister is part of your corrupt anc clowns who create laws (useless/ self-serving/self-enriched)

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-10-29 05:53

    This is madness. we buy education in this country.I am dissapointed that the minister says there is nothing she can do because the law says so.Our education is very expensive.

  • sello.r.molefe - 2012-10-29 06:07

    Well then shut up.. Atleast they kids will get books on time and quality won't be compromised.. Yes u can do somthing.. Resign..

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-10-29 06:09

    You, Angie Motshekga, have done enough for education. You have ignored problems and you have made excuses. In the private sector or any country with a functioning government, you would have been out a long time ago. We, as parents, are not shocked. We are used to being robbed blind. You are living proof of everything that is wrong with our current government.

  • karen.perkswoodward - 2012-10-29 06:18

    Schools are classified and divided into different quintiles according to the average income of the area! Quintile 5 schools only receive R165 per child per year from the Education Department! At the school where I teach,this is not even enough to cover the cost of keeping the school clean,paying for electricity or even toilet paper! The Department must determine how much quality education is really worth and then prescribe fees accordingly!

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-10-29 06:30

    Amazing how the ANC waste and steal money and yet there isn't money for free education. A better SA my A**.

  • Leigh Nicholl - 2012-10-29 06:31

    not all schools have had a hike that high! why don't you mention that!! and secondly, how would you like government schools to pay their SGB teachers???!!!!

  • vicki.malatse - 2012-10-29 06:31

    Angie thes nothing you can do about it right,cause you and your cronies depend on the uneducated blacks to keep you in power that's why.

  • khanyisa.jamjam - 2012-10-29 06:38

    The Government clearly doesn't spend their money properly in the lower end \government\ schools so a school like DHS or Grey pe has to keep its standards high through funding from their fees. Government schools like the above mentioned are the reason why the Department of Education is even able to have what they deem \positive\ matric results. These schools don't rely on funds from the government and I feel this is the reason they are able to thrive. The government should learnt from these schools instead of bashing them down for charging higher prices.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-29 07:10

    The parents are guilty, aren't they Angie, of the unspeakable crime of wanting to educate their children.