Parents owe P4m in unpaid public school fees

Students in class PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Students in class PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

Parents owe public schools close to P4 million in unpaid school fees, Douglas Letsholathebe, the Education and Skills Development minister, revealed yesterday.

Responding to a question in Parliament, Letsholathebe explained that parents' reluctance and/or failure to pay fees is the reason why government is sometimes unable to meet every learner’s needs. He said the amount owed by parents is based on the deficit between the estimated school fees and that which is collected and as a proportion of the population in Junior against Senior secondary schools.

“The estimated amount owed by parents for school fees at Junior Secondary Certificate level for the last five years is estimated to be P2.5 million. The estimated amount owed by parents for school fees at Senior Secondary Certificate level for the last five years is P1.3m,” he said.


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