What are you most worried about when it comes to your child’s schooling? Is it the standard of education? Is it the cost of school? Is it finding the right school, or not knowing if your chosen school will be good for your kids?Liberty wants to hear what worries you the most, and are giving away a R2000 Woolworths voucher to the winner who is drawn randomly (and since it’s Januworry after all, there’s no better timing).
Perhaps my biggest fear has been choosing the right school for my son that ticks our boxes – affordability (will we be able to pay for school fees and sundries until matric?), standard of education (will his education be fantastic, and prepare him sufficiently for university or his career), and social/morals (does the school encourage values that fit into ours?).
We originally had my son’s name down at a school that felt right because it was fairly close by. But while he was still in nursery school, I starting feeling uncomfortable with our choice as while it’s a fantastic school from an education point of view, I wanted his school to have a more diverse parent and student body, and so we registered to another school.
I’m grateful that while we had planned for one school, there was another viable option, that felt right on all levels, a choice which has fortunately worked out well. If it doesn’t work out in the immediate or far future, we have planned for backup options. I’ve learnt that what works for now might not be the best option down the line – I have job changes to show for this, plus I also moved to another school for my Matric year.
It’s getting tougher to get into private schools, and people joke that you need to put your child’s name down before they’re even born! This isn’t so far from the truth in some cases – a friend of mine tried to put her one-year-old’s name down at a school, and was told he could only be put on a waiting list applications were already full. I mean, he was only one!
Knowing this, we didn’t take any chances when my baby was born and decided to be rather be prepared early than be sorry later. So, when my baby was six days old, we put her name down at several schools. It might seem bizarre, but the schools didn’t even flinch putting our newborn’s name down, and yes, I realise that she couldn’t hold her bottle or even hold her head at the time, and we were planning for her future.
I’m not sure if she’ll end up going to any of these schools – we’ll need to see what she’s like and where she might fit the best. Obviously the cost of our dream education worries me. Research from Liberty shows that education inflation increases annually by 8% to 9%, which is about 3% higher than consumer price inflation. This is scary – plus without my partner’s income, I couldn’t afford our daughter’s private education and sundries, and the same goes with my son and his dad. It makes choosing labelling all the stationery and choosing a cool school bag seem quite “insignificant” in the larger scheme.
The experts tell me that one should start saving for your child’s education, getting an education policy, or getting a policy that pays for your child’s education, to protect you if your partner dies. A friend of mine lost her husband tragically when her son was just over a year. He had taken up a policy that covered their child for private education until Matric, and without this, she wouldn’t have been able to afford any of it.
What worries you the most about your child’s education? Share here in the comments section below, and your name will be entered into the draw to win the R2000 Woolworths gift voucher.
There are no wrong or right answers, and the winner will be drawn randomly.
The giveaway closes on Friday 26 January 2018 at 9am, after which the winner will be announced on the Rattle and Mum Facebook page, and then emailed.
Please note that this giveaway is open to South African residents only.