Parents consider alternative higher education options in the wake of #feesmustfall

NOVEMBER 7, 2016

The crisis in higher education in South Africa has dominated news channels in the last month, with lectures being suspended for weeks and students uncertain whether they will complete the academic year.

According to Jonathan Thompson, Director at International House many parents whose children complete matric at the end of 2016 are apprehensive about their matriculant’s tertiary options in the year ahead.

“I was recently speaking to a client whose son is registered at UCT for 2017, and they are seeking alternatives as they are unsure of the stability of the academic year and nervous for their child’s safety on campus,” said Thompson.

“Students who have their sights set on studying at South African universities next year are uncertain whether they will be accepted, and whether they will complete their qualification of choice and doubt their safety on campus.

“Many parents with the financial means will look to international institutions for their child’s education and will take an alternative approach in 2017.

“The Kaplan Global Foundation Programme (GFP), offered by International House Cape Town, provides university preparation for talented high school graduates looking to study a bachelor’s degree at top rated universities in the United Kingdom [UK] or Australian universities.“

The nine-month programme is recognised for progression to the Universities of Birmingham, Liverpool, West of England and City University in the UK and the Universities of Adelaide and Murdoch in Australia.

"The programme enables students to prepare for their University studies abroad and more importantly, it guarantees students university admission at a partner UK or Australian University, " said Thompson.

“Competition at South Africans universities is tough, with students requiring an aggregate of over 75% for some courses.  This excludes students with lower average matric pass rates to enroll at higher education locally. At Kaplan, students require a 50-55% Matric [NSC] average and a minimum of 5 grades on higher level between 50%-59% to enroll on the Global Foundation Programme in Cape Town,” he added.