“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela


South Africa has a comprehensive education system where each province has its own education department. As a parent you will need to choose between sending your child to public or private schooling, IEB vs. NSC, as well as deal with waiting lists. Here’s how to do it.


Most students will need extra help at some point in their school career. Some teachers may offer extra lessons after school, or dedicate extra time to indidivudal students during class. However, there are plenty of other resources, including tutors, past papers, and worksheets.


In recent years, home schooling is an option that has been increasing in popularity in South Africa. Parents educate their children from home by using curriculums purchased through home schooling institutions. It works very well for some families, and those who choose to use it are generally pleased with the choice to home school.


In the past, special needs education has had a negative connotation and was something to be ashamed of. Now, special needs education is becoming more accepted and encouraged and embodies a much larger spectrum of what special needs are. Some children cannot cope in mainstream schools, be this because of an apparant disability such as blindess, or a less visible one such as dyslexia. Many kids need extra help and attention to be able to perform well academically.


Distance learning is an alternative tertiary education option. Lectures are either broadcast or lessons are conducted through correspondence. The student does not need to attend college or go to class, and can study from home whilst also holding a job or taking care of a family.