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January 22, 2018

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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.

 

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160 Comments

  • Delfina

    Bullying in schools … really affects children’s confidence

    January 22, 2018 at 5:51 am Reply
  • Brandon Pierre Fourie

    It is definitely finding the correct school for my daughter and the attention my daughter would get from the teachers at that school

    January 22, 2018 at 5:52 am Reply
  • Chantal Keet

    The amount of money that we have to pay out almost on a daily basis for all these little extra’s over and above the hectic school fees that we need to pay.

    January 22, 2018 at 5:54 am Reply
  • Nooraan

    Definitely bullying. I’m afraid of my child being bullied or worse, being the bully.

    January 22, 2018 at 5:57 am Reply
  • Monica Steyn

    Daniel is 2 but we’re already stressing about school and what we are going to have to pay once he goes into “big school”. The problem is not all the additional extras over and above school fees. Private school fees are just getting more and more expensive. It’s also played a big role in considering whether we have a 2nd or not.

    January 22, 2018 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Lee

    Am I being the best Mom I can be, as a full time working parent, my Quality time is limited. I question if I ma utilising the special time I have to its capacity

    January 22, 2018 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Leila

    I worry about the teacher as the school can be one of the best but the teacher might not be as good of a teacher. Bullying has also becomes a big problem in alot of schools.

    January 22, 2018 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Brigitta Nel

    What worries me most is the rising high costs of quality education in the country. Everyone wants their children to get a good education, but it’s not always possible… And the drop out rates and Grade 12 pass rates are scary 🙁

    January 22, 2018 at 6:00 am Reply
  • Priscilla Mzangwa

    My son is in grade4 now but im worried that he hasn’t shown an interest in anything. Meaning a career he would choose as he grows.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:01 am Reply
  • Soraya asmal

    Definitely bullying as my son is quiet and sensitive and that is very worrying.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:05 am Reply
  • Samantha Bekker

    That the level of education wont be good enough

    January 22, 2018 at 6:06 am Reply
  • Yogana

    I worry about peer pressure at school and will my kids stand strong. I also worry about my Education saving plan for them, with the way the Markets are, will the investment perform well enough so that they are covered for university.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:06 am Reply
  • Bev

    Choosing the right school that we can also afford!

    January 22, 2018 at 6:07 am Reply
  • Lebogang

    Not be sure if he is attending the write school, I don’t have enough information about the school

    January 22, 2018 at 6:07 am Reply
  • Mokha Motee

    There is always the standard of education and cost that I feel every parent ponders about, but what gives me sleepless nights is finding a safe place for my babies, away from weirdos and perverts. The world has become a sick, sick place. Even well-known and respected schools, like Parktown Boys, has gone through this nonsense. Its tough for parents, you just gotta go with your gut, listen to your babas and pay attention. I particularly chose my childrens’ school because that’s where I went as a kid, most of the educators are still the same, and I trust them.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:09 am Reply
  • BethN

    Everything , from is it the right school, schooling cost, will they have good friends, bullying , will teachers be good. Its so true when they say as a parent you never stop worrying.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:09 am Reply
  • Zaahid

    School fees is way too expensive. I can just imagine what it will cost to get my kids through high school and then varsity but unfortunately you cant put a price on your child’s education as it will only benefit them to succeed in life.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:09 am Reply
  • Nix

    What worries me is the CAPS system. Children are over assessed until their anxiety levels are through the roof. And if you have more than one child (we have 3) private education Is just not an option. Plus, there is no way of predicting if your child will be getting a better education at a private school. They all demand insane placement deposits up front (who has the money for this?) that you loose if you place your child else where or change schools.

    We have been putting money away for each child for tertiary education but just getting through each month with 3 children in 3 different schools…paying r14k a month is frightening.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:10 am Reply
  • Sharleen

    Choosing the right school within one’s budget

    January 22, 2018 at 6:12 am Reply
  • Vanessa Cousins

    I worry most about the quality of education received. I worry that he accepts these standards as the norm and I can only pray that he finds his niche in life and can become a successful worker with the knowledge that he gets from his schooling.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:13 am Reply
  • Kelly Jennings

    Definitely bullying and the quality of education

    January 22, 2018 at 6:15 am Reply
  • Kelly Jennings

    Definitely bullying and rhe quality of education

    January 22, 2018 at 6:15 am Reply
  • Anne Botes

    Any mother and grandmother biggest worry is to ask are the children happy and enjoying it in the school do they all get the same attention if not it could definitely make a huge different and affect the situation

    January 22, 2018 at 6:16 am Reply
  • Jacoba

    I am nervous about whether my child will be happy at school…
    There are lots and lots of information on making children ready for school and “smart”, but in the end, what every parent wants is their child to be happy. The school may have the best facilities and most qualified teachers in the world, but if your child struggles and doesn’t feel happy, then the facilities mean nothing.
    I hope for a caring ethos which will make happy little learners..

    January 22, 2018 at 6:16 am Reply
  • Andre Alexander

    The standard of education, because there seems to be a drop in the pass requirements

    January 22, 2018 at 6:16 am Reply
  • Michelle Laubscher

    Currently I am most worried about finances. School fees and also the transport that goes with it, is already a huge expense.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:17 am Reply
  • Ronnae Elliott

    The cost involved of sending my child to the best school. The cost of living so high.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:18 am Reply
  • Sandra Wiese

    Selecting the correct subjects for my daughter from Grade 10 onwards. It is difficult to make these decisions when they are only 15, that may have an effect on the rest of their lives.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:18 am Reply
  • Lerika

    That it’s the best education they can get and that we can afford the schooling right to university

    January 22, 2018 at 6:19 am Reply
  • Vincent Masango

    Bullying and inadequate support academically. Also an incorrexr diagnosis of character and abilities. It can cripple a child.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:22 am Reply
  • Lisa

    My greatest worry is that my child does not get the best education and care possible.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:24 am Reply
  • Tania Brewis (@BrewisTania)

    School fees is my worry, as it’s becoming more and more expensive by the year! How will we as parents be able to afford it. Especially when my youngest starts school as well. Being a working mom, it also worries me about the time I’ll have with my daughter to go over her homework in the evenings. Projects that has to be done, its really worrying me. Where will I get the time for everything??

    January 22, 2018 at 6:26 am Reply
  • Estee Louw

    My biggest worry is bullying. My eldest son was bullied because he has a lazy eye. It was the worst time ever. He cried every day. My kids is my life and I will protect them in every possible way.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:31 am Reply
  • LS

    The standard of education and the pressure children are feeling being at school.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:35 am Reply
  • Donné Crookham

    Awesome competition! The bullying is definitely my concern along with kids being kidnapped, not only at schools but anyway. Let’s unite in prayer!

    January 22, 2018 at 6:37 am Reply
  • Ragmat Baron

    If i will have enough money to pay for my daughter’s tertiarty education

    January 22, 2018 at 6:45 am Reply
  • Anusha Naidoo

    I am a single mom (widowed) and my greatest concern is the cost of education , fees increase each year as well the miscellaneous fees for stationery , field trips etc, I worry as I want to provide the best education but will I continue to afford it.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:51 am Reply
  • Glynis Fredericks

    My mom, who is a pensioner and I are looking after my neice who lost her parents just before she started primary school. She started high school now in 2018 and definitely affordability is a big factor for us. During her primary school years we struggled with basically everything…and high school is much more expensive. She needs stationary and text books and then the dreaded school fees. I promised my sister on her death bed that her daughter will finish matric…and by the Grace of God she will, no matter what.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:52 am Reply
  • Nicolette Nunes

    I am worried in finding a school that will suit my child’s personality.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:52 am Reply
  • Natalie Hutton

    The cost of school fees and planning for high school next year

    January 22, 2018 at 6:57 am Reply
  • MeeA

    Up until last year, my biggest worry was bullying – by both, kids and teachers! This year, I’ve moved all four of my children to a small homeschool tutoring group where they each have a personally tailored curriculum and the entire programme is based on a study system that teaches each child how to recognise and overcome barriers to learning. Of course, this means that our school fees are now significantly higher, and this has now become my primary concern, but I’m more than happy to take on this worry, knowing that my children are being taught (and are learning!) in a safe and empowering environment.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:58 am Reply
  • Lindy Bernath

    Cost of schooling for children with additional needs!

    January 22, 2018 at 7:03 am Reply
  • Naina

    I am worried about the bullying, the danger at school with kids bringing guns & other weapons. Also hopefully the standard of education gets better and not worse. #LibertyBack2School

    January 22, 2018 at 7:03 am Reply
  • Sherina Shawe

    I don’t like the level of stress our kids are under at such a young age. They have a full days school, then extra curricular activities and then hours of homework and studying – there is no down time, family time etc. My job as a mom is to instill life skills, not maths….. #NoMoreHomeWork
    Let our kids enjoy the short time they have before having to adult full time 🙂

    January 22, 2018 at 7:04 am Reply
  • Lauren Gentle

    Getting my son the right education that is a good fit for him. Also the cost of a good education worries me too. I want the best start for him but I worry, will we be able to afford it.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:05 am Reply
  • Bernadine

    I want to send him to a montessori school, we limit screen time and are not keen on high tech schools for little kids but they are so damn expensive which is sad, because montessori was made for kids from poorer backgrounds.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:06 am Reply
  • Ang Brouard

    Unsure whether we’ve made the right decision about the school we’ve sent our kids to and being able to afford the increasing school fees as they grow up.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:07 am Reply
  • Mbali

    If the school I have chosen is the right school for her and if she is getting enough attention.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:07 am Reply
  • Chrisitne Botha

    My biggest worry with my son is finding the right school with the correct moral & ethical compass & a high standard of education. A school where he can not only learn mathematics, languages etc but also the necessary life skills that children face & as an adult require. A school where he can develop, grow without fear of bullying or racism & become empowered to make a difference. School fees are also a huge worry as education comes at a price but as a parent you want the best for your child so its a price worth paying.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:08 am Reply
  • Rush Harduth

    The standard of education in South African schools.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:13 am Reply
  • Jenna Harbottle

    Will the teachers really care about my child as a person and treat them with love and respect. The cost of schooling also concerns me.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:20 am Reply
  • toanette

    My son is 5 and a half years old and on the autism spectrum. He is currently in a school for special needs. The school is a NGO and needs a lot of help financially as well special needs teachers with experience! As early intervention is key! We are thinking of enrolling him into a school more permanent. Besides all the paperwork we need to get together and specialist meetings and and and, we also need to try and find someone how will be willing to wright us a references letter. Somebody with “influence”, if you know what I mean?! I am so stressed!!

    January 22, 2018 at 7:20 am Reply
  • Dimakatso

    The amount that we pay for school fees and books and I always wonder if I’ll be able to pay them up until he finishes school.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:21 am Reply
  • supasa3a

    My biggest concerns are the costs; I know I have chosen an excellent school with regards the standard of education and it is not just the enormous monthly fees, it is the seemingly endless costly requirements; from stationery and books, uniforms, extra-mural essentials, iPad, apps and thus data … I cannot keep up. I also fear that something may happen to me and then I will not be able to pay. It would be so great if there was a fund that allowed you to put away small amounts that could be used to assist with all of the school purchases and in doing so, also gave back to a community in need. If I am battling so with the education of my children, how on earth is the majority of our country managing?

    January 22, 2018 at 7:23 am Reply
  • Lee-Ann

    For me it’s their tertiary education that is most worrying. For your child to really study something they are really passionate about is not always easy. There are so many quotas and red tape. It’s not just about doing well and getting the marks you need to study a particular degree. Apart from that the price of education is sky rocketing. We live in a country where school fees cost as must as a house.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:24 am Reply
  • Kamilah Francis (@francis_kamilah)

    The exuberant school fees is an all time worry

    January 22, 2018 at 7:25 am Reply
  • Karlien Van Vuuren

    What worries me the most is the cost of keeping them in school due to the high school fees and bullying.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:30 am Reply
  • Tarynne Koopman

    The financial costs. School fees, stationary, clothes, extra mural costs, transport, all these things are expensive and each year goes up. I just want the best for my child and that means putting her into a good school but the financial constraints sometimes are hard.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:31 am Reply
  • Deserise Cocklin-Viljoen

    Peer pressure and bullying.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:32 am Reply
  • Esté van Aswegen

    Definitely school fees and all the extra activities they offer extra.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:36 am Reply
  • Sara

    I worry that my child may not be getting the best education possible, and I worry about bad teachers destroying my children’s learning spirit.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:36 am Reply
  • Danien

    What worries me most in my children’s education cayion is that they fin fulfilment in their interests. That they will be able to do something that they want to do and not work for the sake of money.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:37 am Reply
  • Nazreen Wadee

    my son just started grade 1.. my main worry when choosing his school was the standard of education and the social environment that he would be in.. i looked if the school offered a variety of extra mural sports because i think that is important from a young age. i hope iv made the right choice for him

    January 22, 2018 at 7:39 am Reply
  • Gretel

    This is always concerns me the Cleanliness and hygiene of the school which include toilet hygiene. Children being bullied

    January 22, 2018 at 7:40 am Reply
  • Bridget Haddath

    my biggest worry is that they loose themselves and become what is expected of them from a social point of view. my son is kind and sweet and sharing, i dont want him to become something that he is not just to FIT in….

    January 22, 2018 at 7:43 am Reply
  • Wendy Naidoo

    My greatest worry is my son got a bursary and was accepted into an independent private school, this school is now following a UK based Maths program that is a bit overwhelming for him as it’s the first time he’s seeing these kind off problem sums. I’m just concerned that his results from been the top student in his grade is going to drop to bottom 20, and this must not make him feel motivated. As he strives to excel and will not be able to deal with any sort of failure by himself. #LibertyBack2School

    January 22, 2018 at 7:46 am Reply
  • Liezel Thomas

    Being a single mom, I worry about being able to afford the education he deserves as well as the tertiary education he desires.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:57 am Reply
  • nasika baijnath

    for me it is the teacher, quality of education and price of education

    January 22, 2018 at 8:07 am Reply
  • Meagan

    Safety, bullying, fees…

    January 22, 2018 at 8:09 am Reply
  • Dawn

    The quality of the education offered these day

    January 22, 2018 at 8:09 am Reply
  • Ashlynne

    Is my child happy at school and bullying.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:10 am Reply
  • Janel Sunderlall

    I worry about school fees and the cost of tertiary education. I also worry about my child being able to be confident and absorb all that she learns and most of all bullying of any kind.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:10 am Reply
  • Gloria

    I worry about the lack of respect the teachers have these days towards the students and the huge classes so they never really get to know which students need some extra attention.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:10 am Reply
  • Rosanne

    I am worried I am not there to help him through his Grade R. I am working in Jhb and my son is in Kzn with my mum. I missed his first day but I am so grateful my amazing mum was there for him.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:11 am Reply
  • lynn botha

    Definitely the cost involved.. I mean school fees is bad enough… I am worried about when they finish school and want to study further.. that cost is astronomical 🙁

    January 22, 2018 at 8:14 am Reply
  • Jessie Mckay

    Working 2 jobs to afford my child the opportunity to go to a private school is tough and being an only parent is hard and I worry about not being able to keep up with his ever growing educationally needs. I worry about his confidence and if the school is helping him enough in how he needs to learn. It is an ever going stress and concern that I was not really prepared for.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:16 am Reply
  • Mudassira hargey

    About my childs allergies . Hez allergic frm peanuts. Grass .dust eyltc
    And bullying

    January 22, 2018 at 8:16 am Reply
  • Michele (@mombaking)

    Excellent post Tanya, thanks! We have two daughters now in high school and a 5-year-old. My oldest is in Matric this year, Yikes!!! I worry about their future and finding a career choice that makes them happy. They say “do what you love and you will never work another day in your life” so we try to encourage our children to discover their natural talents and passions to boost their self esteem and prepare them for life.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:21 am Reply
  • Joyce

    Finding the right school for my daughter,bullying and teachers who are there just for the sake of getting monthly salary and not necessarily for the love of children.That worries me a lot

    January 22, 2018 at 8:26 am Reply
  • Nadia

    Bullying, my son is such a kind and soft hearted boy. This really freaks me out.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:35 am Reply
  • melissa cook

    Finding the right school to fit my child’s character – and then being able to afford it.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:38 am Reply
  • Louie Farr

    I am very focused on budgets, so for me the cost of schooling and making sure that we have enough saved up in advance is very important.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:40 am Reply
  • Rabe

    Safety in schools, quality of education and high fees.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:40 am Reply
  • Andrea bester

    My biggest fear is we spent months searching for the “perfect” school and when you meet with everyone they wonderful and nice but what if after you leave that is not the case? And that they don’t give them the attention they need or just dismiss them . It’s very hard putting your trust into other people with your children especially the early years.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:41 am Reply
  • Michelle Merckel

    The cost of schooling and also the after care costs are so expensive and dont even mention stationery.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:47 am Reply
  • Carla

    The higher school fees you pay, the smaller class sizes you get. School fees in general is a worry for most parents I’m sure.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:49 am Reply
  • Lindsay Thomas

    To be honest the cost of education is worrying – will I be able to afford the ever increasing school fees?

    January 22, 2018 at 8:50 am Reply
  • Nanila

    Choosing the correct school that fits in with my son.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:56 am Reply
  • Rachel Goldstuck

    The costs of Jewish private education are skyrocketing and affordability nut needing to give your child an authentic Jewish education is becoming difficult.

    January 22, 2018 at 9:06 am Reply
  • Jackie Naidoo

    My worry would be the cost of my sons education, would I be financially be able to afford to send him to a good school on a single income and would I make the right decision to the school I choose to send him too.

    January 22, 2018 at 9:18 am Reply
  • Karen van Heerden

    The quality of teaching, the current curriculum as well as the online registration system where learners are not placed in time at schools leaving no option but to apply to private schools. As a single mum, I want only the best education for my daughter which means I have to cut down even more on day to day expenses.

    January 22, 2018 at 9:34 am Reply
  • Nadia

    My biggest worry at the moment is school fees! 😭 I think we’ve chosen the right school, but I guess we’ll hve to wait and see. School fees, on the other hand, is a never ending stress.

    January 22, 2018 at 10:05 am Reply
  • JP

    University costs… that is what is the scariest

    January 22, 2018 at 10:10 am Reply
  • Waheeda

    I am always contemplating whether school or homeschooling would be better. I do prefer a school but with all the crazy things happening I am so worried. Would the school I choose be the right one, what if she does not get accepted into a private school, affordability for fees, uniforms, sporting equipment etc. Homework! They get so much in grade 1 already & it’s so different from what we did back in the day. Definitely bullying. Would she be teased for her glasses. Having 2 chronic illnesses & being a work from home mom will I manage with all the homework load, sport practices & extra curricular activities.

    January 22, 2018 at 10:16 am Reply
  • Tania

    the little time spend on school work vs of time on other fun activities

    January 22, 2018 at 10:20 am Reply
  • Zolani Steto

    As the rate of unemployment rises and the our currency become weaker by the day I worry a lot. Also thet fact that the quality of education is not the same anymore will it still be the possible for them to go any further #LibertyBack2School

    January 22, 2018 at 10:26 am Reply
  • Jackie Katzen

    The cost is a huge worry

    January 22, 2018 at 10:27 am Reply
  • Loshinee munsamy

    My child is 8 and she was involved in a motor vehicle accident in July last year. Shes back at school after being absent for so many months. My main concern is the safety at school, shes using clutches to walk. Hiw will she handle it if any1 is being cruel to her or says nasty comments. Im worried about her futute and where her education stands from here on. Shes my youngest and shes my baby.

    January 22, 2018 at 10:30 am Reply
  • Shaaista

    Standard of education must be high but at the right price. With 3 boys affordability is important.

    January 22, 2018 at 10:34 am Reply
  • Christelle Zupan

    It will definitely have to be bullying!! Kids are under so much pressure these days and struggling to keep up with everything and every one that bullying is a definite No-NO!!

    January 22, 2018 at 11:00 am Reply
  • mmakhutso mphahlele

    Definitely the quality of education and bullying.

    January 22, 2018 at 11:33 am Reply
  • wernich

    i used to worry mostly about the cost, but now i’m kinda worrying about space as well. 🙁

    cost still remains the biggest worry though.

    January 22, 2018 at 11:36 am Reply
  • Gary Laight (@cuzzi_ga)

    I’ve got 3 kids so I worry that I won’t be able to provide them with equal opportunities! My oldest is academic, my youngest is sporty & my middle child is an all-rounder so finding a school (or schools) for each of them is going to be quite a challenge!

    January 22, 2018 at 11:38 am Reply
  • Annalize

    Right now getting my daughter into a decent high school is constantly on my mind. I am so anxious. I’ve done the research and ensured I am able to provide all the documents and now to wait till 2 May.
    Scary stuff.

    January 22, 2018 at 11:50 am Reply
  • Lisa

    don’t even get me started on this topic! the is my BIGGEST stress at the moment! How am I going to get my children in a good school, that I can afford while not having to work 24/7 and never getting to spend quality time with them. The school I have fallen in love with involves serious driving so do I settle for a school I wasn’t wowed by to not spend hours in traffic. my eldest has to go to school next year so te decision needs to be made!

    January 22, 2018 at 11:55 am Reply
  • STELLA ATKINSON

    FINANCES

    January 22, 2018 at 12:14 pm Reply
  • Ashishta Gokhul@gmail.com

    Main concern is the quality of education currently.
    Bullying is also a concerning factor.

    January 22, 2018 at 12:21 pm Reply
  • Lindi Dewing

    The cost of education is a concern.

    January 22, 2018 at 12:40 pm Reply
  • Olivia Williams

    The costs involved with everything, the school fees, stationary, uniforms etc the list seems endless…

    January 22, 2018 at 1:24 pm Reply
  • Jaclyn Scheepers

    The cost of a good education and whether the school will treat students as individuals with their own strengths and weaknesses or whether the school will expect children to conform and thus lose their uniqueness.

    January 22, 2018 at 1:28 pm Reply
  • Theresa Vika

    What worries me most about my sons education is that due to the high and always escalating cost , I will not be able to give him the basics, let alone the best. He is an avid cricket player, but due to financial limitations I cannot put him in a school that can harness his cricket talent. The cost for good education is a huge worry, and kids then end up with what is left, mediocrity.

    January 22, 2018 at 1:54 pm Reply
  • thea lennox

    Getting enough attention is school. The school classes are now so full that the kids that is not so clever or don’t get an answer as quick gets left behind.

    January 22, 2018 at 2:15 pm Reply
  • Carla Visser

    To find a school that will honour and support who he is as an individual. So that he can choose subjects and extra mural activities that he enjoy and fall within his natural talents. That I will be able to afford the cost of these extra mural activities, from joining/ annual fees to equipment etc that is needed. We plan so well fot his future, saving where we can but its the extras that catch me off guard. X

    January 22, 2018 at 2:21 pm Reply
  • Zoë

    The cost of quality education. We have 4 kids and we want them to have the best education. I’m worried about class sizes and how this affects the education my children receive

    January 22, 2018 at 2:43 pm Reply
  • Losh Don Kisten

    The quality of education and to be honest I actuallyfeel for the teachers of today, they have so much to contend with…

    January 22, 2018 at 2:54 pm Reply
  • Aleysha

    Standard of education and affordability

    January 22, 2018 at 3:19 pm Reply
  • Sofiah

    The cost

    January 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm Reply
  • Irfaan

    Finding a good school and getting accepted into the school.

    January 22, 2018 at 5:39 pm Reply
  • Ayesha Kajee

    What worries me most is that education, even basic education, is getting so costly. The public school system is broken to a large extent, and private schooling costs are escalating exponentially. And even once the basics are sorted, there are so many extras that are often unbudgeted. It’s a real worry.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:16 pm Reply
  • Andrea Carlyle

    My son started high school this year and my biggest fear is bulling …especially cyber bulling. We had an episode a week ago and his life is now so out of my control..not a toddler where I can control it all so have to guide him and be grateful that he still tells me everything.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:20 pm Reply
  • Claire Mckay

    I want to make sure that my son’s school looks after him as a little unique person – that they give him the room to be himself while he also learns and grows. I wouldn’t want school to break his spirit! For me, an education that is up to standard with international benchmarks is critical too. An education that will give him opportunities and access to a great university one day.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:21 pm Reply
  • Bindya

    Being at the right school, with the right fit and environment for your child!

    January 22, 2018 at 7:21 pm Reply
  • stephanie videira

    Has to be the crazy prices of school fees and also lack of schools at the moment

    January 22, 2018 at 7:24 pm Reply
  • Lea-Anne Clayton

    My biggest daughter is in a private school – I wouldn’t change it for anything but the thing that worries me is that will we be able to afford both kids in a private school when the time comes?

    January 22, 2018 at 7:35 pm Reply
  • Heather

    I think the important thing: is my son happy in the school? Will it work in terms of me dropping off and getting to work on time? Do I like the teachers? A good education. Those things are important as well as affording the fees. Probably his happiness is most important.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:40 pm Reply
  • Tasneem Cassim Maganlal

    I’m worried about finding the right school for my daughter that would suit our budget and her needs. I’m also worried about the standard of education

    January 22, 2018 at 7:40 pm Reply
  • Rumbarani Naidoo

    What worries me the most about my child’s education is whether I will be able to afford the increasing costs of uniforms, stationery and school fees in the years to come.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:31 pm Reply
  • Dané Benn

    I worry about whether or not we made the right choice in choosing a pre-primary in our second language, in order for our kids to become proficient at speaking both like a first language

    January 23, 2018 at 1:15 am Reply
  • Carol Jewell

    Being able to afford all the things needed for his school year

    January 23, 2018 at 1:54 am Reply
  • Sandy Becker

    Definitely bullying!

    January 23, 2018 at 6:08 am Reply
  • Fatima Moolla

    I’m worried about making the right decision as to which school i should send my kids to, and whether when the time comes, i will be able to afford the school of my choice.

    January 23, 2018 at 6:23 am Reply
  • princessaniegmailcom

    I worry about them getting bored. Boredom can be either from not being stimulated enough or by not understanding the work and being left behind. Both make school a difficult place, so I have many meetings with the teachers to make sure we are on track.

    January 23, 2018 at 7:20 am Reply
  • gerard henning

    Higher education… where to send them after high school.. and the costs

    January 23, 2018 at 7:24 am Reply
  • jenny nieuwenhuys

    The school work is so much sometimes, I have to wonder how they stay motivated.. we do the best we can but its a worry.

    January 23, 2018 at 7:28 am Reply
  • Lynnith Andreou

    Hi there! We are very fortunate to live in a suburb where there are good non private schools to choose from, but even then, we had to make sure we lived here to gain access to those schools! The main thing that worries me sometimes are the class sizes, especially when it comes to difficult subjects and concepts.

    January 23, 2018 at 7:47 am Reply
  • MARYKE CIOROVICH

    The bullies in schools worry me. My child is in a great school with great teachers. The bullies, and just the way young kids speak to, and about each other, is of a major concern for me.

    January 23, 2018 at 9:43 am Reply
  • Ginna

    Bullying worries me the most about my children’s education, because once their spirit is broken and their self-confidence is destroyed, children are never the same again! To take someones joy away is just so so cruel!

    January 23, 2018 at 10:56 am Reply
  • Jackie Naidoo

    For me it would be,firstly would my child be happy, comfortable and safe in the school I chose for him, Financially can I afford to send my child to the school I chose and did I plan and save enough for his future. #LibertyBack2School

    January 23, 2018 at 12:10 pm Reply
  • Anthea Williams

    That I won’t be able to put my boys in good schools, being a single Mom and unemployed at the moment. I was barely able to buy my eldest son the school supplies he needs now.

    January 23, 2018 at 12:35 pm Reply
  • Linda

    Quality of education, small classes, affordability, proximity to home, and diversity, sensitivity and inclusivity are all concerns and criteria that went into choosing a school for our daughter. And of course, at the end of the day, is she happy there?!

    January 23, 2018 at 12:37 pm Reply
  • jenny

    So many things, but the most would have to be bullying which just seems evermore rife & I would hate him to be subjected to bullying or stand by while it happens to others

    January 23, 2018 at 4:34 pm Reply
  • Tidi Esther Madibo

    I worry about having enough in their education plan as their school days are ending sooner and it will be time for university soon.

    January 24, 2018 at 4:40 am Reply
  • Lyn

    Quality of education, as well as funding their studies are big concerns. But I also worry about them being happy at school, particularly my sensitive daughter, who struggles with sensory issues.

    January 24, 2018 at 6:21 am Reply
  • Carolyn Augustus

    Finding a school that values one on one engagement between learners and teachers.

    January 24, 2018 at 7:43 am Reply
  • Natali

    I do not have children of my own, but I have two younger sisters, and I want the absolute best for them. Apart from the financial worries, which can be very daunting at times, eg: school fees, transport, uniform, stationary, extra activities etc.
    I worry most about their emotional well being. Schools have become such hostile environments, with bullying on the increase, and with the workload steadily increasing as they become older, I worry about the stressful impact it will have on them. You constantly worry about weather or not you’ve done enough in supporting them, and providing them with the advice and encouragement that they need.

    #LibertyBack2School

    January 24, 2018 at 10:21 am Reply
  • lindalaing

    I worry about the discipline that is not provided at school and the work that is given out to children without sometimes explaining it properly to them. These are not university kids and also need some play time. Now all the time is taken up with homework that I do not understand myself and then we have to rely on google for help. I worry most that my child will be anxious all the time because of the workload, resulting in him getting ill.

    January 24, 2018 at 11:26 am Reply
  • Venean

    I worry about the amount of homework my child is getting currently, it means she spends her entire day after school fixing and studying… she doesn’t even get a chance to ride her bike many times this means she goes to bed a little later. It sucks. Bullying is also a huge factor as my child has been bullied before so policies on that are important for us.

    January 24, 2018 at 1:33 pm Reply
  • Ayesha

    The bullying

    January 24, 2018 at 4:01 pm Reply
  • Kent

    My biggest worry is that schooling isn’t about teaching children how to think and creat a love of learning. It’s just about turning children into little robots to get through the work as mindlessly as possible. Education in this country is so lacking and not preparing our children to deal with future problems .

    January 24, 2018 at 7:52 pm Reply
  • priya

    Definitely the cost of education

    January 25, 2018 at 7:09 am Reply
  • Tami

    I am worried about the quality of their education. Will 12 years in school prepare them for life? Will they be sufficiently ready to enter tertiary education?

    January 25, 2018 at 7:18 am Reply
  • Adele

    My biggest worry is are they getting enough attention, and not just getting lost in the crowd

    January 25, 2018 at 9:13 am Reply
  • Peter

    There are so many worries when it comes to your children and school.
    From the educational requirements like are they being challenged in the right ways in order to learn effectively and do they have access to the right resources to their safety both at school and getting to and from school.
    My biggest worry at the moment is what would happen to my children’s education if something were to happen to me (death, disability or my ability to earn an income). I have some plans in place but it always feels like it wouldn’t be enough.

    January 25, 2018 at 12:26 pm Reply
  • Cathy

    For me it is the continual rising costs for tuition and all the little extras that continue throughout the year

    January 25, 2018 at 10:56 pm Reply
  • Vee

    Definitely the quality of education being provided as the standards have dropped so much over the years

    January 25, 2018 at 11:02 pm Reply
  • Daniela

    The cost of education especially if one wants to choose the “right” school with the best pass rate, better qualified teachers etc that will enable your child a better opportunity to get into Universities.

    January 26, 2018 at 12:08 am Reply
  • Celeste Everitt

    Definitely bullying. It’s tough out there and kids can be really harsh without realizing the impact it can make on others.

    January 26, 2018 at 8:00 am Reply
  • Gillian de Kock

    The cost of education

    January 29, 2018 at 10:49 am Reply
  • Dhesh

    I am concerned about the quality of education, costs and if the schooling systems nutures the individual talents and personalities of the child. At the moment I am also concerned about being told my son must start grade 1 at 7 years old (he is a January baby) because all the children born in one calendar year start grade 1 together.

    January 31, 2018 at 4:34 am Reply
  • Zelda du Plessis

    This is such an amazing prize!

    February 12, 2018 at 9:06 am Reply
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