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WCED grants exemptions to 97% of fee-paying schools

The department has made R55 million available to quintile 4 and 5 schools that are struggling to collect school fees from parents.

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CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has helped 97% of fee-paying schools to grant exemptions to learners who are unable to pay school fees.

The department has made R55 million available to quintile 4 and 5 schools that are struggling to collect school fees from parents.

This funding has provided compensation for exemptions granted in 2017 at the majority of fee-paying schools in the province. It'll assist 81,000 pupils who receive these exemptions.

Provincial Education MEC spokesperson Jessica Shelver said: “We have made payments to 558 of our fee-paying schools, which is equal to 97% of fee-paying schools in the Western Cape. Every child has a right to education and we’re very pleased that we can assist our schools with this type of compensation as well as parents who are struggling to make ends meet.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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