South Africa’s education system is badly managed and poorly equipped, with students performing far behind their African peers, according to World Policy Blog.
With the government failing to provide children with a decent education, private and fee-paying schools are becoming more popular. But not everyone can afford to access these superior schools. The City Press decided to calculate the cost of sending your child to one of these schools up to grade 12 in South Africa and here is what they found:
- A private school costs approximately $225,700.
- An upper-income school was estimated to cost around $41,000.
- An average fee-paying school costs more than $15,000.
These figures were calculated based on a child who starts school in 2016 and finishes in 2028 — and include every necessity such as stationary, supplies, uniforms and boarding costs.
South Africa has struggled to provide affordable quality public education, but low-cost private schools are now on the rise and are providing alternatives to the high cost of education in South Africa.
Instead of private schools only available to the elite, low-cost private schools are providing education to middle and lower income families who feel the state education system is failing their children. According to the Economist, there are some low-cost private schools that cost as little as $1 per week.
Due to inadequate public schools, these low-cost private schools have a much bigger share of primary school pupils in developing countries than in developed ones. Elsewhere in Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana, in particular, have also seen a large increase in the number of low-cost private schools opening, according to World Policy Blog.
Although the South African government has been criticized for not doing enough to address the issues with their education system, the expansion of these low-cost private schools provides the possibility of a quality education to students who cannot afford to attend elite private schools or even the average fee-paying government schools.