Motshekga said with the introduction of pro-poor financing of the education system, where more schools did not charge fees, the no-fee schools produced 51% of the bachelor passes in 2015 and this increased to 55% in 2019.
“The significance of this is that the gap between the bachelor passes produced by no-fee schools versus those produced by fee-paying schools has significantly and progressively increased,” she said.
She said the government should be applauded for its pro-poor polices, which alleviated poverty through a variety of interventions.
“Among others, it is worth mentioning the pro-poor funding of schools; the provision of nutritious meals daily and the provision of daily scholar transport to deserving learners."
No-fee schools are allocated a higher proportion of state funding per pupil than schools that charge fees. The no-fee schools received a threshold of R1,390 per pupil in 2019.
All provinces have their list of schools designated as “no-fee” schools and Gauteng has its own list.
Motshekga said what was also remarkable was that there was an improvement in the number of no-fee schools which achieved a pass rate above 80%.
“The number of quintile 1 to 3 schools performing at an overall pass percentage of 80% and above increased from 1,961 in 2018 to 2,484 in 2019. This represents 50% of the total number of quintile 1, 2 and 3 schools countrywide,” Motshekga said.
She said 306 of the “no-fee” schools attained 100% passes.