Nearly two thirds of students don’t pay school fees

Almost two-thirds of pupils do not pay school fees in South Africa, Statistics SA (StatsSA) said today.

“Of these, 96.5 percent attended no-fee schools,” according to the StatsSA General Household Survey 2011, released in Pretoria.

The number of pupils benefiting from no-fee schools had increased sharply over the past five years, since new policies were introduced in 2006, said Niel Roux, chief survey statistician.

The percentage of pupils at no-fee schools had increased from 0.7 percent in 2002 to 56 percent in 2011.

There was a wide discrepancy between provinces.

Ninety percent of pupils in Limpopo and 72 percent in the Eastern Cape attended no-fee schools.

However, in Gauteng only 32 percent did so, while in the Western Cape it was 28 percent.

The main reason given by those youths still not attending school was a lack of money, the survey found