Schools are always mindful of the current Consumer Price Index (CPI) when setting tuition fee increases.
However, of equal importance is the the Education Price Index (EPI) component of the CPI, which is made up of public and independent school fees, tertiary education fees and some sundries related to education.
ISASA compiles a ten-year overview of the CPI versus EPI figures, year by year and cumulative. ISASA’s most recent document is compiled from CPI and EPI data for May 2016.
Due to the #FeesMustFall movement, tertiary education fees for 2016 are not indicative of overall education inflation. The EPI increases used for 2016 therefore reflect only primary and secondary school fees.