Quality education is a national problem
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PRACHI Srivastava, a professor at Western University in Canada, said a calculation she carried out in March 2015 found that the fee SPARK charges represented 62% of income in a household with one full-time worker being paid South Africa’s lowest official wage rate, a figure she called “shocking”.
Supporting one child for multiple years is unaffordable and unsustainable, said Srivastava, whose research on lowcost private schooling in India led her to coin the term “low-fee private schooling”.
“How? How is it low-cost? For whom?” she asked.
“It might be low-cost, but I don’t know for whom. It’s not low-cost for the lowest wage-earning households.”
SPARK Schools chief executive Stacey Brewer said SPARK’s “low-cost” does not necessarily refer to the cost for families that send their children to a SPARK school.
Instead, SPARK takes the government’s cost to educate as a benchmark and shows it can provide better results for its students.
Brewer co-founded SPARK not only because the quality
SCHOOL-GO-ROUND: An Illegal school in Zwelitsha has opened another structure in Khayelitsha. A Gauteng Education Department spokesperson said when they shut down an illegal school, they work with parents to place pupils at public schools.