GBF calls for a change in school fee-exemption policy to exclude rich parents

The Governing Body Foundation is calling for government to amend the school fee-exemption policy to exclude families that earn more than R600 000 a year.

National CEO of the Governing Body Foundation,Tim Gordon, says the policies allow people who earn over R40 000 to R1 million to apply for exemption for their children.

We believe this is something that should be there to benefit the poor and not to benefit the wealthy.

Tim Gordon, CEO of the Governing Body Foundation

Elijah Mhlanga, spokesperson for the National Department of Basic Education, acknowledges that times have changed adding that the profile of a typical South African family has evolved.

He says the department is looking at reviewing some policies to suit the changing times.

We have taken the task of reviewing the entire schools act and all laws governing schools so that we strengthen the entire system doing away with all the weaknesses that exist so that we close the gaps.

Elijah Mhlanga, Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education

The reviewed laws will soon be made available for public comment, says Mhlanga.

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