SA School & admission policy
The laws governing admission of learners to public schools are:
1. The South African School Act (1996)
2. The Admission Policy for Ordinary Public Schools (1998)
Section 29(1) of South Africa's Constitution reads: "Everyone has the right to a basic education, including adult basic education; and to further education, which the state through reasonable measures, must make progressively available and accessible. "According to the South African from the age of seven (Grade 1) to the age of 15, or the completion of grade 9.
The age of a child entering grade 1 is age five turning six by 30 June in the year of admission. For grade 0 (otherwise known as grade R - the reception year), the age is four turning five by 30 June in the year of admission. If parents feel their children are not yet ready for school they are allowed to admit them at an older age -five turning six for grade 0, and six turning seven for grade 1. Many schools conduct school-readiness tests to determine if a later admission would be in the child's best interests.
Grades in South African Schools
Schooling runs from grade 0 (the reception year also known as grade R) through to grade 12. Grades 1 to 9 are compulsory, and classified as General Education and Training. Grades 10 to 12 are considered to be further Eduction and Training.
Grade 12 is the year of matriculation, which is required (with certain minimum conditions) for tertiary education. Some private schools also offer a post-matric "sixth form" year which allows students to sit for A-level exhibitions.
Admission to schools
For public schools, the only documents parents are required to supply when applying to admit their child to school are:
Although home schooling is legal in South Africa, it is not actively encouraged by government; permission must first be sought from provincial authorities, and various requirements must be met.
Some have schooling sites offering assistance, online curricula and contacts include:
Follow these links to download the following documents:
Further Education and Training
Further Education and Training (FET) from NQF levels 2 to 4, or the equivalent of grades 10 to 12 in the school system, and Further Education and Training Certificate (FETC) General Vocational and FETC Trade Occupational, on NQF levels 2 to 4 in FET colleges.
Learners enter FET after completing the compulsory phase of education in Grade 9, or via the Abet route.
Link: www.saschools.co.za/directory.htm ( school directory and school calendar)
South African’s most vibrant public higher education system comprises 23 universities leading to internationally recognised qualifications and offers thousands of courses across all study fields leading to national certificates, diplomas or degrees. In South Africa, there are many internationally recognised universities with high educational standards at only a portion of the cost of studying in other countries.
South Africa offers education at all levels: higher education, university level up to doctorate degree. The new Higher Education landscape consists of the following institutions:
- University of Cape Town
South Africa’s oldest university, found in 1829, has one of the most picturesque campuses in the world, situated on the slopes of Table Mountain’s Devil’s Peak and overlooking Rondebosch in Cape Town.
The university is regarded as one of the top research institutions on the continent. The University is home to Groote Schuur Hospital, where the world’s first heart transplant took place in 1967.
- University of Fort Hare
It has been the academic home of many of South Africa’s most prominent leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Govan Mbeki and Mangosuthu Buthelezi. In 2005, the university was awarded the Order of the Baobab- South Africa’s highest civilian honour- for its contribution to the country’s leadership.
- University of the Free State
The University of the Free State (UFS) is one of South Africa’s oldest universities. UFS is an important research centre. The University is a multi-cultural and multi-lingual institution with parallel-medium instruction in English and Afrikaans.
- University of KwaZulu-Natal
The university covers five campuses in Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
- University of Limpopo
Formerly the University of the North, which was home to many prominent anti-apartheid activists of the 1970s and 80s. Situated in South Africa’s northern Limpopo province, the university provides training in three faculties: humanities, management sciences and laws; and sciences, health and agriculture.
- North West University
North West University hs more than 45 000 students spread over four campuses, offers parallel instruction in Afrikaans, English and Setswana- and is experimenting with simultaneous instruction on its Potchefstroom campus.
- University of Pretoria
Officially established in 1930- but with roots stretching back to the founding of the Normal College for teacher training in 1902- the university is one of South Africa’s largest, with almost 40 000 students, including over 2 000 international students from 60 countries.
The university’s Gordon Institute of Business Science, established in Johannesburg in 2000, has already earned an international reputation.
- Rhodes University
Situated in the Eastern Cape town of Grahamstown, Rhodes University has a 100-year history of academic excellence, best known for its journalism department.
- University of Stellenbosch
Situated in the wine-growing region of Stellenbosch. It is one of South Africa’s leading research institutions. The university’s Centre for Invasion Biology, a Department of Science and Technology centre of excellence, studies the impact of invasive plant species on southern Africa’s agriculture, biodiversity and ecotourism.
- University of the Western Cape
The University is located in the northern suburbs of the greater Cape Town area and is a place of vibrant cultural diversity. There are increasing numbers of students from Europe, Asia and North America enrol as degree-seeking and short term study abroad or exchange students.
- University of the Witwatersrand
The university is located in Johannesburg, known as Wits, is renowned for its intellectual leadership and its commitment to nurturing critical thinkers, creative innovators, problem-posers and problem-solvers. The university engages un current developments in South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world.
- Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Incorporating the former Cape and Pennisula technikons, the university is the largest in the Western Cape, with over 25 000 students on two main campuses, in Bellville and Cape Town.
The university’s IT Centre is the largest of its kind in Africa, housing 1 400 computers, various laboratories, a state-of-the-art video conference room and lecture theatre and two-e-business rooms.
- Mangosuthu Technikon
Mangosuthu Technikon is a modern higher education institution offering superior quality, technologically advanced programmes and services in engineering, natural sciences and management sciences.
- Tshwane University of Technology
The university offers over 180 programmes, some of these unique to the institution, such as sport and exercise technology, equine studies, medical orthotics and prosthetics and environmental management.
- Vaal University of Technology
It is one of South Africa’s largest residential universities of technology. Career focused diplomas and degrees are designed to prepare students for the world of work. Many programmes include practical experience in the workplace.
- University of Johannesburg
The university offers both technical and academic programmes for around 45 000 students. The university has built a new School of Travel and Tourism on its Auckland park campus at a cost of about 70 million rands.
- Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
The university has more than 20 000 students and about 2 000 staff members spread across eight campuses in the Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and George in the Western Cape.
- University of South Africa (Unisa)
The University offers distance education programmes- both academic and technical- to students across the country and the region. Unisa offers a diverse choice of study fields at levels from certificates to degree. Unisa is now represented in all provinces of South Africa, and has strong outreach to other Southern African Development Community countries.
- University of Venda for Science and Technology
Offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in fields of study that is responsive to the development needs of the Southern African region, using appropriate learning methodologies and research.
- University of Zululand
Offers career-focussed undergraduate and postgraduate education, including wide ranging research opportunities. The University pursues partnerships with local and global institutions and welcomes students from both communities. Linkages and networks on educational, corporate and governmental levels already include successful academic partnerships with at least five American, four European.
- Central University of Technology
Over 100 courses are offered in three faculties: management; engineering; information and communication sciences; and health and environmental sciences. The university is based in Bloemfontein and has a number of centres that can provide research and other technological services to private companies, particularly smaller businesses.
- Durban Institute of Technology
The university has major campuses in Durban and Pietermaritzburg as well as satellite campuses in Umlazi.
- Water Sisulu University (WSU)
The University is situated in the rural province of the Eastern Cape. WSU offers courses across the national qualification spectrum, from certificates and diplomas to degrees and postgraduate degrees.
Link: www. studysa.co.za