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These are the most expensive boarding schools in SA – with fees of up to R321,000

James de Villiers , Business Insider SA
 Jan 15, 2020, 02:45 PM
One of the main building at Hilton College (Facebo
One of the main building at Hilton College (Facebook, Hilton College)
  • School fees at the ten most expensive boarding schools in SA are all more than R260,00 per pupil in 2020. 
  • KZN boarding-only schools Hilton College and Michaelhouse are the most expensive in the country, charging more than R300,000 per pupil. 
  • One school said the fees are necessary to retain the best staff. 
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The ten most expensive boarding schools in South Africa will all be charging parents more than R260,000 in 2020. 

Those fees come as the South African economy struggles with an anticipated economic growth of 0.7% for 2019, and a projected 0.9% in 2020.

Business Insider South Africa compared matriculant boarding school fees of the most expensive schools in the country. 

Also read: These are now the most expensive private day schools in SA

Boarding-only schools Hilton College and Michaelhouse in KwaZulu-Natal are the most expensive schools in the country this year, charging R321,890 and R303,600 per pupil respectively. 

In comparison, a student will be expected to pay roughly R55,000 for an engineering degree at the University of Witwatersrand, which is subsided by the state.

St Andrew's College in Grahamstown is the third most expensive school in the country, charging R291,000 per pupil boarding per year. 

In a letter to parents in September, the tenth most expensive boarding school in the country, St Alban's College, said its school fees was necessary to recruit and retain the most proficient staff. 

Also read: These are the top 10 academic schools in South Africa right now - with fees starting from R33,000 a year

The school’s council chairperson Warwick van Breda said staff salaries, followed by kitchen and catering, security and maintenance, constitute the bulk of the school’s expenses. 

“We thank you for your ongoing support of the College and are cognisant that your support requires a considerable financial commitment on your part,” Van Breda said. 

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