Teachers Union urges Dept to review school fees policy

Teachers Union urges KZN dept to review school fees policy

The National Teachers Union says some parents will have to fork out much more compared to fees at universities this year - as a result of the fee hikes at some of the province's public and private schools.

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The union is now calling on KZN Education to review its policy on school admissions and fees. 

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Speaking to the media in Durban yesterday, NATU's Allen Thompson said class sizes was among the chief reasons for exorbitant fees.

"If you go to a meeting of their governing bodies and try and make an enquiry as to why it is so expensive - they say 'we are trying to reduce our classes. Classes are overcrowded. We have 45 learners in one class and 50 learners in one class,'" he said.

He says the department is unable to provide schools with additional teachers. 

"Those are the things that they cite as the genuine reason to increase school fees," he said.

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