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R47.5 million available to assist Quintile 4 and 5 schools - WCED

The Western Cape Education Department has made over R47.5 million available to assist Quintile 4 and 5 schools who are struggling to collect school fees from poor learners.

Many schools in the Western Cape are classified as Quintile 4 and 5 schools meaning the learners are required to pay fees, according to the National Quintile system.

A statement by the WCED says the fact of the matter is that these schools are attended by a large number of poor learners and, in some instances, should be classified as Quintile 1-3 schools - no-fee paying schools.

Jessica Shelver, spokesperson for Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer, says the education department is doing everything in its power to assist parents who cant afford to pay for school fees.

We have seen an increase in the number of parents applying for fee exemption which is evident of the financial problems they are facing.

Jessica Shelver, Spokesperson for the Western Cape Education department

Shelver says the fee exemption is not given to parents who can afford to pay but takes into consideration what the current economic challenges are.

Listen to Jessica Shelver explain who is illegible for fee exemption:

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