More of the same: Annual National Assessment 2014

I wrote about the 2013 ANA’s about two months ago as kids sat down to write their test papers. Now the report is out I went straight to my go-to view: Grade 9 Maths performance distribution.

2014 View

Here we can see the breakdown of performance for all students, by province for maths at grade 9. This will be shocking if you have not seen it before. Read more

Education Myths in the New South Africa

The “new” South Africa has brought with it a wide open door to education dreams and aspirations that were not part of the “old” South Africa.  Government spending on education is comparable to our international counterparts at approximately R14 000 per child per year with a little more in the very poorest areas.  However there are lots of problems with how this open door works.  Here are some of our education myths – Read more

Choosing a High School in the Western Cape

Choosing the right high school can make the difference between a happy and successful academic future for your child and years of declining marks followed by poor career prospects.  There are two main things to consider when choosing a high school: 1. Is this school a good fit for my child’s personality, interests, abilities? (Happiness factor) […]

Already at High School – Scholarship Opportunities

If you are already at high school SAILI cannot offer you a scholarship.  Most high school scholarship funds select in Gr 6 or 7 to commence in Gr 8.   We do this to ensure that high school education starts off well.  For a list of scholarship opportunities for Gr 6s transitioning to high school, click here.  We are aware that older learners also need opportunities.  SAILI does not provide scholarships mid high school but there are a few options out there.  The organisations that recruit during high school are listed below.  You need to contact the organisations below directly.  You cannot apply by writing to this blog page. Read more

Understanding school performance: High School selection

School selection can be a nightmare for even the most informed parents. In this post we try to help share some of the ways in which SAILI chooses scholarship high schools.

The driving force behind SAILI’s success is getting the best “bang for buck” we can from the schools on offer. To make sure we give our funders the best “return on their investment” we scout for strong candidates and place them in the strong schools.

How we scout for candidates is a topic for another day but, how we identify strong schools is the topic of this post. Read more