Government schools in the red

A school governing bodies’ organisation has said that the state should compensate schools for fee...

A school teacher in class at Ikusasa Combined School in Thembisa. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

A school governing bodies’ organisation has said that the state should compensate schools for fee exemptions.

It was estimated that government schools were short of over R1bn this year as parents battled to pay their children’s fees last year.

The assessment also revealed that some schools had debts of between R2m and R4m.

The federation said a large number of parents had not applied for exemptions and had not paid their children’s fees.

Federation of Governing Bodies of South Africa Paul Colditz said, “Then it means that other plans must subsidise those children so it is a problematic thing in our school governance and the management of our schools.”