Key Points:

  • Low-fee independent schools (LFIS) are a growing phenomenon in South Africa.
  • In many parts of the country, they offer an alternative choice of education to poor communities, they address the lack of public schools, offer access to better quality learning, and fulfil parents’ desire for schools with a religious affiliation or alternative philosophies not provided for by public schools.
  • In South Africa, as elsewhere, there is growing interest from investors and donors to support these schools or invest in them.
  • Low-fee independent schools (LFIS) are a growing phenomenon in South Africa. In many parts of the country, they offer an alternative choice of education to poor communities, they address the lack of public schools, offer access to better quality learning, and fulfil parents’ desire for schools with a religious affiliation or alternative philosophies not provided for by public schools.
  • In South Africa, as elsewhere, there is growing interest from investors and donors to support these schools or invest in them
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