The Need for Additional Income

The education department acknowledges the fact that many “low fee independent schools” cannot survive with the present financial model and has since 1998 been advising schools to create additional income streams or to seek sponsorships from private commercial enterprises.

The education department currently pays a public school 100% of all the essential expenses that it requires. This includes rental, operating expenses, salaries plus a 100% subsidy per learner to cover learner support material (LSM) As shown below, an independent school such as Phoenix College is paid a far lesser amount than a public school whilst the funding norms dictate that it must obtain results that are better than those obtained by public schools in order to obtain the government subsidy.

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