Since schools are now closed, there may be a lot of decisions to be made once they re-open and changing a child’s school to either a national or international school. The question is how affordable are internationa; schools?
The international school’s fees structure may be expensive but they have a lot to offer as compared to other schools and it is because of the services that a big difference is made.
I know many parents want to take their children to international schools so that they can have the best that their parents can ever give but due to fear of the costs, they opt for national schools.
Much as they are expensive, you realise that in the long run it is cheap depending on how your child will turn out to be in future.
Fact that these children are equipped with many skills that the children at national schools are not given, they will be able to pave their way to the future which makes the international schools valuable in a long run.
According to Mohammed Kakiika, head teacher Vienna College, Namugongo, what is affordable to one person is not to another so it is relative and really something hard to determine.
He says that usually the best things to do is look at the fees structures of the other schools, see what the national school has to offer and what the international school has to offer before you can decide on which one to take up.
He says the international schools always have a lot to offer as compared to the national schools which makes their services cheaper and accessible.
In confirmation to what Kakiika says, Isma Ssebwato (not real names), Head teacher at a national school says there is a lot that children at national schools miss because of the education system that is in the country.
“If you compare the thinking capacity of a child in a national school and that of an international school, you find out that one in an international school is open minded, exactly what the one needs to face the world out there,” says Ssebwato.
He says the national schools fees are cheaper but all they do is prepare job seekers because the students will be focusing on studying with no practical skills something that needs to change.
Emmanuel Olupot, a parent with children at international schools says it is analysing that you see that the international curriculum is worth all the money you pay.
“Before the curriculum was introduced in Uganda, my children attended the national schools. I had a friend who always took his children to Nairobi to attain the international education and they were doing well so I too decided to take mine too there and the results were impressive,” says Olupot.
He says having it introduced in Uganda saved him a lot because his costs were reduced since he transferred them to the Ugandan international school. He says their productivity is high and some even make money during holidays which is thanks to the skills and training got form the school.
He says gauging the payments made at international schools, not all of them are expensive because some of them have payments that are slightly higher than those of the top national school.
He advises parents to at least take their children to a school with a duo curriculum if they cannot afford taking them to the international schools because they have a lot to gain when there.
Esther Asiimwe, mother of a child with dyslexia says an international school helped her a lot because she had lost hope thinking her child is dull but she realised this problem after she took her son to an international school and the teachers have done a great job with him.
“I will not say that they are affordable to all but basing on what they do with the children with disability, I would say it is worth all the struggles I go through to get my son there,” says Asiimwe.
She says parents should stop looking at the money but and concentrate on the services offered by the school because children get parental care, love, the feeding is very good and communication is never a problem, which gives the parent a piece of mind.
She says the only problem is having to keep up with the standards of the schools in that there are those requirements that you may not afford for your child but are forced to get for your child because the other children have which makes it draining.