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.

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