Can you really afford to pay the school fees?

Twelve years, 48 terms, and about 2 400 days: your children’s schooling is one of the most important commitments you will ever make, and one of the best gifts you will ever give them. But it’s not always easy to keep up with the pressures of rising education costs.

If you’re struggling to pay for school fees, you’re not alone. According to a 2016 report in the Sunday Times, public schools are owed R2,8 billion in exemptions and unpaid school fees. Wealthier schools have debt levels of around 10 per cent, while poorer schools face debts of as much as 50 per cent.

The fact is that many parents need some extra help to make their dreams for their children’s education become a reality. This is exactly why the School-Days programme was founded.

School-Days, with Dis-Chem as their first major retail partner, is revolutionising the way South Africans meet their school fee obligations by helping members grow their own education bursaries – just by doing their everyday shopping! The accumulated rebate value from registered retail partners goes directly into the member’s personal bursary, which can also be grown using other School-Days tools. When the member chooses to redeem the points, the available school days funds are paid directly to the educational institution, on behalf of the nominated child or school.

In just one year, the School-Days programme has helped its members raise R8 million in school fees … and this amount continues to grow. Now, School-Days is calling on communities around the country to pledge their commitment to the future of education in South Africa.

Take the future of your children’s education into your own hands. Sign up for School-Days and join the school fees revolution today. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends can also contribute to the education of South Africa’s children by participating in the programme. Simply text ‘krugersdorp’ and your ID number to 45277, or visit the School Days website to register and the rest will become history.

Caxton Joburg West

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