If you find yourself in the position where your child has failed his/her Matric exams, fear not: there are many ways and resources to help them progress academically, be it a rewrite, or a positive step towards another goal. The most important thing to do is to act quickly and have the right information when deciding what to do next. Here is some important information to help you move forward.
In 2012, the South African Department of Education released findings of an alarming number of unregistered schools across all provinces. The law states that all schools (public and independent) must be registered with the Department of Basic Education at national and provincial level. Registration grants the applicant school legal authority to offer basic education and enables it to operate within the law. With nearly 26 000 illegitimate educational institutions identified, the government department prioritized on curbing the practice. The problem still persists, though much has been done to create public awareness of the problem. Hefty fines have been implemented, legislation amended, schools closed and perpetrators have been jailed for creating these bogus schools, which essentially defraud and forge the certificates/qualifications of illegally trained students.
South Africa is a very dynamic educational space and the government has worked hard towards defining and regulating each type of educational facility. Regulation of pre-schools and creches are particularly problematic, especially ones that have popped up in overcrowded suburbs and townships: most out of sheer necessity but some for illegal financial gain.
The time has arrived to leave your school days behind and get on with the future. As easy as this may be for some, for others it is stressful and daunting. To study immediately or to travel? To work and not study at all? These are questions students have to tackle when entering the ‘adult’ world and it can be extremely difficult. Here is some sound advice for dealing with this challenge.
Sending your child to spend nights away is a very big deal for most parents. For others, the decision was made a long time ago. Sending your teenager to boarding school is a 'big picture' decision, where the benefits can positively shape the life of your child in more ways than one. Here are some points to help you in your decision making.
Did you know that children learn is three different ways? Experts say there are three main learning styles, although there may be some variations and people may use different combinations of these styles at different times or for different subjects. Find out what they are here.
The National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations commonly known as “matric” have become an annual event of major public significance in South Africa. It not only signifies the culmination of twelve years of formal schooling but the NSC examination is one of the key barometers to indicate the state of health of the education system.
Ah, High School… that age old nemesis. That cruel mistress who we must all defeat in order to enter into “adulthood” and officially climb onto the ladder that leads to “freedom”. It would appear that nothing short of superpowers could help us get through the turmoil that is teenage-hood, but alas we do not have that luxury. For those of you who simply wish to get by unscathed and in more or less one piece, read on as we share with you the top ten tips for surviving your high school experience.
You’ve finally done it! You have achieved the ultimate greatness and entered into the exciting world of freedom and parties that is University student life. However, with this opportunity comes a great deal of responsibility. Read on as we share our top 5 tips on how to find the balance between social life and academics.
Time management is about weaving a life that is aligned with what matters most to you and will lead you to the most success. It is a skill which should be taught from a very early age. You can teach your child to do this, but also apply this to your own life. Development psycologist Dr Tracey Stewart tells us how.
Chosing which subjects you want to take is a great lesson in future planning for your child. Starting in Grade 7 the choices are going to guide their future studies, and even careers. Every successful concept in life requires a proper framework and strategic planning. See this as an exercise to talk about your child's future, dreams and plans. Developmental psycologist Dr Tracey Stewart of Headwise shows us how to plan together.
As a parent you will know the affect you have on your child’s personal and academic development. You are also well aware that the career choice your child will make will affect where they will get to live, how much they will get to earn and who their friends will be.
The primary objective of human beings is to belong. A sense of belonging creates a feeling of being loved and valued, a feeling of acceptance. Children, most especially, need to feel loved, valued and accepted firstly within their family units and then in their extended communities. Dr Tracey Stewart from Headwise is our expert on developmental psychology. She tells us how to handle it if your child is being bullied - or is the bully.
A gap year is the period between the end of Secondary School/Grade 12 and further study, and it is intended to be exactly that – Just ONE Year! The question that haunts every parent at the end of their child's long school career is: should they do it?!
If you cannot pay school fees you can apply for help. Your first stop is the Parents School Governing Body (SGB) where you can apply for conditional, partial or full exemption from paying school fees. You need to ask the principal or the office for an application form. They will have to assist you with this and it is their duty to help you.
A school fee is an agreed amount of money that parents pay to schools, aimed at improving the quality of education of learners. School fees may not include registration fees, administration or other fees. The school may not charge further fees for additional subjects chosen by learners from the school programme.
The governing body of a public school may determine an admission policy for the school. However the school’s admission policy must be based on the guidlines determined by the Head of the Provincial Education Department (HOD). If the applicant is refused the HOD must, through the principal of the school, inform the parent of the refusal and the reason thereof.
The law is South Africa states that a child can go to school at 5 years old, providing they turn 6 by the end of June in grade one. If you feel your child is not yet ready for school, you are allowed to admit them at an older age – five turning six for grade 0, and six turning seven for grade 1. But it is compulsory for all children to enter school in the year they turn 7.
Homework is an essential part of a student's life, and the first time a child gets a taste of it is usually at Grade 1 of Primary School. Schools in South Africa emphasize the need for it, as it increases knowledge, improves and reinforces abilities and skills, and heightens the child's success rate.