Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says there must be an independent body regulating fees in private schools. This follows reports that Model C fees will hike by more than R3500 and private schools by R10000 next year.
Lesufi says private education costs are putting undue pressure on public education system.
One of the major limitations is the issue of language. Some of the learners are in private schools because they cannot do an African language, and when their parents can't afford to pay, we have to incur extra costs so that they follow the curriculum.— Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC
These institutions suspend the right of a learner to get access to education. If the parent doesn't pay for one month, they terminate immediately.— Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC
Asked about the lower subsidies that government gives to private education, Lesufi says the state has no choice but to carry the poor, given South Africa's unequal history.
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