Locally and internationally, state education systems have been struggling to cope with the growing demand for a good education. Private education companies have stepped up to fill the gap and are playing a major role in meeting this demand by offering a range of schooling models and fee structures to choose from.
The South African Schools Act of 1996 established a national schooling system and currently, there are two recognised categories of schools: public and independent. Public schools are state-controlled and independent schools are privately governed. All private schools are included in the independent school category.
There is a widely differing range of public-school fees – from no-fee schools to mid-fee pricing, and at the top end are the former Model C schools, which charge premium fees as they have more facilities.