I don't accept that school fees need to rise
Do you mean this year or in general? If its in general then we could argue that no teacher should ever expect a pay rise or that no one should expect a pay rise each year. If salaries rise then so must school fees.
When we went to RSA we asked how much fees went up each year and they said between 11-18%!
Neither. I mean for the propspective academic year. That is what the OP was about....remember. Thus arguments about what happened to teachers' salaries in the past are irrelevant. It is correct to say that if salaries rise, then fees must rise. However with inflation for many people running at zero, and many many people facing no pay increases this year ahead, I cannot see why teachers' salaries will be rising above inflation.
In context of course, fees have risen 40% in the five years to 2007, and there were further rises in 2008, so a rise of a few percent is an improvement.
RSA? Were you visiting the Republic of South Africa, or renewing your insurance? Please do explain Tipsy dear.