The education of a child is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. The choice of schools or institutions right from nursery to university will form a critical part of who your child will become in future.
There are lots of nursery schools around and each offering a different curriculum or learning style. Many parents natural instinct is to send the child to the nearest school so as not to bother with transporting them to far. That’s a good decision if the schools nearby are to the standard required and within your budget. It is important that we look at the quality of the school before we enroll your children. It is not enough to assume that the first few years of a child are not important and therefore not prioritize quality. On the contrary the nursery level plays an important part in laying the foundations for a good education in future. It is at the nursery level that the child’s brain is stimulated through play and activities and before primary the fundamentals are taught. So choose a good nursery school.
At primary level, as a parent you need to make decisions as to whether your child will follow the national or international curriculum. There are a lot of schools available offering different curricular including those that are aligned to different faiths e.g Christian curriculum. Both curriculums have their pros and cons and it is important as a parent that you critically look at those and make an informed decision. Besides the curricular, when selecting a school again look at the quality of the school and aspects that maybe important to you.
For secondary level, many parents again have to select between national or international curricular, single-sex or mixed schools, day or boarding. Again make your selection based on your preference, your understanding of your child and your financial situation.
After secondary children have all options to go to university or a technical/vocational institutions. if your child has exceled and got the required entry points then they can go straight to university. If they haven’t do not worry. It may take them a little longer but they can start with a diploma which has lower entry requirements and eventually upgrade to a degree. Again the choice of universities is wide both within and outside the country and with various founders including those that are based on certain religious principles.
Looking forward to graduation and the time to create or look for employment!
In future articles I will discus:
- financing your child’s education
- the pros and cons of national vs international system.
- key things to consider which define quality of a school
- key learning milestones
- check list for boarders
- settling in as a new student
- parents role in educating your child