FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
According to the World Economic Forum’s 2012-2013 Global Competitiveness Report (pages 325 and 361), South Africa is ranked 140 out of 144 countries for the overall quality of its education system, and 143 out of 144 countries for Maths and Science. The United States is ranked 28th for its overall quality.
This simply means that the South African matric’s credibility is not collapsing, but has already collapsed! There are no reasons why any caring parent would want to associate their child’s education with what is considered by many to be a worthless piece of paper.
Obtaining the GED® “matric/grade 12” equivalent still allows farther study at a tertiary level in South Africa, plus is also recognised internationally. So with no downside and only advantages, why look elsewhere.
For grades 2 – 9, the curriculum for home schooling adheres to the National Curriculum Statement (NCS) as stipulated by the South African Department of Education’s guidelines. The textbooks up to grades 4 are from commonly used publishers. For grades 5 and above, our own qualified teachers have developed the textbook resources. They are continually updated and improved upon to cater for an ever changing world. For the GED®, we have structured textbooks to adequately cater for student preparation to pass the final exams.
We offer a comprehensive range of individual and group extra lessons.
We have developed a comprehensive series of English language courses that will help remedy that problem! They are designed for second language English speakers or those English speakers that need assistance to improve their English.
This course is called Cyber School English and caters for all levels of English assistance and can be completed after hours, during holiday periods, and at a student’s convenience and pace. There are 15 courses starting from beginner to tertiary and a pre-admission assessment will guide each student into the appropriate course level.
English Partner Pro: These are supplementary English skills (Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking) to help ensure a higher command of English for tertiary study and or for your professional life and career. There is also one level that can lead to the international Cambridge IELTS accreditation and a further 5 courses to bring your English up to a level acceptable for Tertiary study.
See the webpage English Partner Pro.
No. All lessons are structured and delivered by qualified teachers. You, as the parent are welcome to supplement with any extra education that you feel is appropriate.
As the parent you need to ensure that your child “attends” and participates in school by being logged in to the classroom at the prescribed times as per his classroom timetable and the school term calendar. In addition, as would be normal in any school situation, monitor and supervise his progress and ensure he completes his homework assignments. You are welcome to supplement this with any extra lessons where you feel this is appropriate.
Students take graded Assessments (exams or tests) on a regular basis. The results can be accessed in their “Assessment Report” section after logging in. This allows parents and students to monitor their progress throughout the year. Assessments are taken for each subject and you will quickly be able to determine whether any extra revision or assistance is needed in a particular subject or not. If yes, you will be able to take corrective action during the year and not at the end when it is too late! Your child will be given a total running cumulative grade for each subject during the year and you will be able to see how well he is doing from month to month. At the end of each year, a transcript will be provided that shows the subjects taken and grades achieved.
(The report cards issued are for parents to monitor the progress of their children. They are not official documents as we are not a registered school, and are for you and Cyber School to assess his/her suitability to proceed on to the next year’s grade)
All answers provided in previous Assessments (exams) are available for revision purposes. This means students can re-access all their past Assessments and see how they answered plus see the correct answer and read the reasoning for that answer being correct.
Yes, we supply digital downloadable textbooks from grade 5.
See the textbook section for more information.
We use the South African Gauteng Province private school calendar. The school day starts at approx. 08h00 and ends at approx. 13h00, from Monday to Friday. There are regular breaks between lessons and students do not spend more than three hours collectively per day in online lessons.
Here are a few answers to common questions that will help you better understand what we offer:
Yes, to understand more about how the courses are delivered.
Children need to play with friends of their own age. Parents can network with other home schooling parents, living in their area. Some schools allow home schooled children to join their sports teams in the afternoons. These schools charge a fee for the child to participate in matches with the school team. Home schooled children can also join Sports Clubs or Playgroups in their specific area. It is important to study your child’s needs and decide where his/her talents lie e.g. arts, crafts, music, sports etc. and then organise weekly lessons. Church groups also provide plenty of social activities for families on a regular basis.
The advantage of home schooling is that parents can choose their child’s friends, unlike traditional schools whereby children may be negatively influenced by unsuitable friends. Your child doesn’t need to have twenty friends; four good playmates is about the same size group your child would socialize with in a traditional school. In addition to this, children have siblings, cousins and neighbours whom they often visit.
Please see the Social Curriculum page for more information about the system offered to assist with this process.
We recommend that you test your internet connection to see that it is of an acceptable standard. To do this, go to http://www.speedtest.net/. Take the test by clicking “Begin Test”.
Once completed, your test results will be displayed and your line quality given a score. If your line quality score is an A or B, your quality should be fine for our purposes. If not, then you need to ask your service provider why and when they are going to fix it to an acceptable standard. Otherwise, you need to switch to one of our preferred providers.
Typically, we do not recommend Iburst, MTN, Vodacom, Cell C or 8ta, as these products are not designed for audio or video streaming, but rather for emailing whilst mobile. It must be stressed that the quality of a connection depends on your localised infrastructure; this includes your proximity to your nearest mast and how congested it is at the times you wish to gain access. The cell phone operators’ new LTA service is an exception to this and if your local mast is LTA enabled combined with your modem, that should be more than sufficient.
We recommend one of two options; either a Telkom ADSL line (1 megabyte and above speed) or a satellite internet service within South Africa that is national and can cater for students anywhere in the country, including rural areas. With this service, your proximity to a local mast is not important as it uses a satellite.