Give parents the choice - R12,000 school voucher system in South Africa

lumeer

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Good schools lack the capacity to enroll unlimited numbers of children, so this won't make the less good schools go out if business. I don't think that a voucher system will improve anything.
 

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Step 1: Have lots of kids or "adopt" orphan kids
Step 2: Enroll kid at school
Step 3: Pay school from voucher
Step 4: Bribe school account overseer to refund or payout the voucher amount to a private account. Pay bribe.
Step 4b: Un-enroll kid. For the really sinister, abandon kid if adopted.
Step 5: Repeat.

We also going to need a new tender for this voucher system, it's like a smaller version of the sassa grant system.
 

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Sounds good on paper. But in this country with its corruption rate........nah.
 
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This a good plan. If the economy can improve in the next 5 - 10 years, this should be a reality. I don't agree with giving this money to parents in the form of cash; unfortunately, not all parents will use this money to the best interest of the child; there exists some parents who use child grant payouts to go buy alcohol and/or gamble instead of putting it towards the upkeep of the child. This should be awarded in the form of vouchers.
 

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We need more good teachers. Why are people are still fighting to put kids into ‘good’ schools? Good teachers.
All the top performing schools would be nothing without good teachers and some form of discipline
 

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Won't work. You can't funnel the money from where it's already being spent. It essentially becomes just another grant. Rather fix our education system, build more schools and make education free like promised.
 

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We need more good teachers. Why are people are still fighting to put kids into ‘good’ schools? Good teachers.
All the top performing schools would be nothing without good teachers and some form of discipline
This. Pay teachers what they are worth and offer them higher salaries to teach in disadvantaged schools.
 

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Hermann Pretorious points out that the government system to determine that children will be placed (= told which school they must attend) is clearly not working when so many, many parents are not managing to get their children enrolled in any school at all.

If I understand him correctly, the vouchers are intended to enable parents to place their children in other (better) schools than those allocated (or not allocated!) to them. He sees the vouchers as a way to empower parents who would otherwise have no chance of improving their children's chances.

Has anyone found a break-down of how Hermann Pretorious proposes that the R12'000 vouchers may be spent? As a contributuion towards school-fees only? What about additional costs such as longer transport routes to the area in which the better school is? For someone with very low income, such transport costs could be prohibitive in themselves. Which income bracket is the target group for these vouchers?
 
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Hermann Pretorious points out that the government system to determine that children will be placed (= told which school they must attend) is clearly not working when so many, many parents are not managing to get their children enrolled in any school at all.

If I understand him correctly, the vouchers are intended to enable parents to place their children in other (better) schools than those allocated (or not allocated!) to them. He sees the vouchers as a way to empower parents who would otherwise have no chance of improving their children's chances.

Has anyone found a break-down of how Hermann Pretorious proposes that the R12'000 vouchers may be spent? As a contributuion towards school-fees only? What about additional costs such as longer transport routes to the area in which the better school is? For someone with very low income, such transport costs could be prohibitive in themselves. Which income bracket is the target group for these vouchers?
What about school policy to offer places to local residents first?
 

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There are just too many ways schools is going to exploit this. Schools will force to hand in the R12k smart cards and maybe use R1k of that for its purposes. Rest school pockets.
Throwing "money" will not improve the system.

Dept of Education is way too busy playing politics than worrying about school system. Mr Lesufi is perfect example. He is all over the Parktown kid that drowned (absolutely shocking imo as well), but he is quiet about the kid that drowned at Laerskool Bekker.
 

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What about school policy to offer places to local residents first?
Of course, there's official policy and then the real life practice.

Something on that on pages 152-153 of this guide on School Fees
by Sherylle Dass and Amanda Rinquest, in the Basic Education Rights Handbook published by SECTION27, "a public interest law centre that seeks to achieve substantive equality and social justice in South Africa."
 
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Step 1: Have lots of kids or "adopt" orphan kids
Step 2: Enroll kid at school
Step 3: Pay school from voucher
Step 4: Bribe school account overseer to refund or payout the voucher amount to a private account. Pay bribe.
Step 4b: Un-enroll kid. For the really sinister, abandon kid if adopted.
Step 5: Repeat.

We also going to need a new tender for this voucher system, it's like a smaller version of the sassa grant system.
Sad thing is this would actually happen.
People are currently having babies just to receive the government grants.
 
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Mila

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I raise you R24 000 if you look pass my late entry.

So open for bribes its not even funny.
 
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