Some of Mzansi’s most well-known educational institutions are cranking up the school fees for 2019. Here’s what you need to know.
The cost of a child’s education is getting increasingly steeper in many locations across the country, as school fees for 2019 continue to rise.
A report from the Sunday Times surveyed a sample of schools across several provinces, with almost all of them confirming that fees are going up. What is more, the increases are all above the rate of inflation.
Set at 4.9%, some schoolhouses are hiking fees at double the figure. And extortionate rates aren’t just reserved for private schools, either: Rivonia Primary in Johannesburg – which is a government school – is set to impose an increase of 10%, taking annual fees for education from R29 570 to R32 530.
The Marist Brothers Linmeyer school in Joburg saw the sharpest increase in private school fees by percentage, with parents expected to pay a further R8 000 for students in Grades 10 and 11 – 9.9% more than 2018.
Meanwhile, St John’s College recorded the highest individual markup by price, with an additional R11 348 being added to to the educational bills. From ST’s research, we’ve compiled a list of these institutions – both public and private – that are set for the biggest adjustments in 2019.
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School fees for 2019: Biggest increases announced so far
Marist Brothers Linmeyer, Johannesburg: From R80 690 to R88 700 (+9.9%, G10 -11 only).
Ashton International College, Benoni: From R91 380 to R99 900 (9.3%, G12 and above).
Bishops, Cape Town: From R137 260 to R148 240 (+8%, G8 – 11).
Oakhill, Knysna: From R102 817 to R111 045 (+8%, all grades).
St John’s College, Johannesburg: From R145 488 to R156 836 (+7.8%, G8 – 12).
Cornwall Hill College, Pretoria: From R78 050 to R84 050 (+7.6%, G10 – 12).
Rivonia Primary, Johannesburg: From R29 570 to R32 530 (+10%, G2 – 7).
King Edward VII, Johannesburg: From R47 500 to R51 800 (+9%, all grades).
Wynberg Boys’ High, Cape Town: From R42 800 to R46 500 (+8.6%, all grades).
Jeppe High School for Boys, Johannesburg: From R43 450 to R47 150 (+8.5%, all grades).
Victoria Park High, Port Elizabeth: From R22 341 to R24 224 (8.4%, all grades).
Parktown High School for Girls, Johannesburg: From R38 275 to R41 340 (+8%, all grades).
School fees for 2019 – Total average increases:
State schools: 8.2%.
Private schools: 7.8%.
Many of the former Model C schools mentioned will have to find solutions for the raft of parents who will be seeking fee exemptions. The new prices are simply too high for many South African moms and dads, who are already struggling with the current structure.
Economist Azar Jammine told the publication that “private schools are becoming the ambit of the corporate elite”, and highlighted the fact that education is now becoming unaffordable for “decent professionals” who’d usually be able to cover the costs.
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