PARENTS of children who attend Motala Primary School can now breathe a sigh of relief after the school was downgraded to a non-fee paying school during a recent oversight visit.
Speaking about the recent development at the school, DA PR councillor for ward 15, Marlaine Nair said she invited DA spokesperson for education in KZN, Rishigen Viranna MPL, to visit the school.
“After several parents contacted me to question why they were requested to pay school fees despite the school being a non-fee-paying school, I met with the school treasurer and chairperson.”
“They explained that with the limited funds provided by the department of education, it was virtually impossible to run the school and ensure breakages, resulting from vandalism and theft, could be repaired timeously so that learning could take place without interruption,” said Cllr Nair.
According to Cllr Nair, the school decided to ask parents to pay a voluntary school fund which parents agreed to at a parents’ meeting. However, many parents could not afford to pay and often requested for Cllr Nair to intervene on their behalf with the school.
“During our recent oversight, we discovered the school had previously been graded as a Quintile 4 school which receives approximately R800 per learner.
“The school has since been downgraded to a non-fee paying school, which falls into the category of Quintile 3.
“As a quintile 3 school, the school should have been receiving approximately R1600 per learner but still receives only R800 per learner,” added Cllr Nair.
The principal of the school, BP Ndaba and the school governing body have been advised to write to the relevant officials to rectify the matter by adjusting the amounts.
“Rishigen Viranna MPL also assured the principal that he will ensure the school receives the correct amount of funding. I am really excited that we could assist the school and indirectly relieve the parents that face so many challenges. We will continue to assist in helping resolve other issues the school is battling with as we understand that education is the foundation for a bright future,” said Cllr Nair.
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