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By unknown | Jan 11, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Tebogo Monama

Tebogo Monama

Education Minister Naledi Pandor believes that pupils at all public schools in the country should pay minimum fees.

She said this yesterday during one of her surprise visits to Gauteng schools on the first day of the 2008 school year.

Pandor and Gauteng education MEC Angie Motshekga visited a number of schools in Alexandra Township, Lenasia and Soweto.

Speaking from Kwa-Bhekilanga Secondary School in Alexandra Township, the minister said: "It is clear that some parents cannot afford to pay school fees which are set at about R150 a year.

"This situation might necessitate a change in the current legislation," she said.

Pandor was responding to principal Sipho Mthethwa who said that most of his pupils live in child-headed and RDP homes, and could not afford to pay school fees.

Kwa-Bhekilanga was in the spotlight last year when parents ejected 40 of the 45 teachers whom they accused of not teaching.

The school is one of the worst-performing schools in matric. Last year, it received a 45,9percent pass rate.

Pandor said conditions at Kwa-Bhekilanga are unacceptable.

"It is unacceptable that a science lab at a high school is not fully equipped."


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