Even middleclass parents now struggle to pay school fees
One in four parents failed to pay school fees in 2021, according to a TPN Credit Bureau study.
About 15.6% only managed partial payment.
Before the pandemic, 75% of parents were able to pay their school fees but in 2020 only 45% had the ability to pay.
Of the 60% of parents who were in good standing financially, 52% paid school fees on time.
John Maytham interviewed Riyaad Najaar, a Trustee at the Progressive Principals Association (scroll up to listen).
Maytham asked Najaar if non-payment of school fees is an issue throughout all the quantiles.
It’s a by-product of our lockdown…Riyaad Najaar, Trustee - Progressive Principals Association
The extent to which schools are increasing fees, it’s creating a major division in society… Now, the parent in the middle is finding it difficult to pay…Riyaad Najaar, Trustee - Progressive Principals Association
Private schooling is beyond the majority… It’s ludicrous the amount of fees being paid by parents!Riyaad Najaar, Trustee - Progressive Principals Association
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