How to make low-fee private schools work

Low-fee private schools offer a way for poorer communities to provide their children with an alternative to often dysfunctional public schools.

We interviewed Dr. Jane Hofmeyr, Director for the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE), about all the ways low-free independent schools can work.

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Most public schools won’t pass what’s required to register an independent school.

Dr. Jane Hofmeyr, Director for the Centre for Development and Enterprise

The vast majority of low-fee independent schools find it very difficult to meet a state-teacher’s salary. They lose teachers all the time. Many of these low-fee independent school teachers come from Zimbabwe and are very committed.

Dr. Jane Hofmeyr, Director for the Centre for Development and Enterprise

We need an enabling regulatory environment. Our regulations are disabling. The biggest costs are around compliance. These schools often have to appoint a Compliance Officer.

Dr. Jane Hofmeyr, Director for the Centre for Development and Enterprise

We need larger subsidies. We need to provide these schools with premises. We need to provide low interest loans to these schools. We need donors and investors to provide technical expertise.

Dr. Jane Hofmeyr, Director for the Centre for Development and Enterprise

Also read "INVESTING IN POTENTIAL: The Financial Viability of Low-Fee Private Schools in South Africa".

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