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These are the most expensive private day schools in SA – where fees are increasing by over R10,000 in 2019

James de Villiers , Business Insider SA
 Jan 03, 2019, 06:48 AM

The Chapel on Kearsney College's school grounds (Instagram, @kearsney.college)
  • South Africa’s most expensive private 'day schools' (excluding boarding-only schools) are charging pupils over R130,000 in 2019.
  • The top-end private schools will be increasing prices, in some cases by over R10,000.
  • One school defended its tuition hike, blaming inflation and the need to attract best teachers.

The most expensive private schools in South Africa will be charging its pupils over R130,000 in 2019 for education - with increases of over R10,000 compared to 2018.

Kearsney College in Durban - the most expensive private school in South Africa excluding boarding schools - will see the biggest increase in school fees.

It’s fees will increase from R166,650 in 2018 to R178,640 in 2019 – an increase of R11,990 or 7.19%.

A typical engineering degree at the University of Cape Town costs roughly R55,000 a year.

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Kearsney is followed by St Alban's College in Pretoria - the sixth most expensive private day school in South Africa - where fees will increase by R10,380 to R140,850, or by 7.96%.

The school grounds of St Alban's College in Pretoria (Instagram, @thegreyandblue)

In a letter to parents in September, chairman of the school’s council Warwick van Breda said the increase was necessary to recruit and retain the most proficient staff

He also cited inflation, with particular reference to food, transport, and services prices.

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

“We sincerely hope that you view the education that your son is receiving here worth the investment.”

Business Insider South Africa compiled a list of the most expensive private schools in South Africa for 2019, excluding boarding-only schools.

Figures reflect what parents will be expected to pay for a grade 12 pupil per year.

2018 Figures for St Mary’s School were not available. 

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