Public High Schools in Underprivileged Communities in South Africa.


Government schools in South Africa have the greatest need for private sector reinforcements.

  • The average student to teacher ratio in KZN public high schools is 45:1 in Grades 8 and 9, with some classes being as large as 65:1.
  • Due to large classes teachers are inundated with marking and so don’t have the time to help students with revision beyond class.
  • There is also a challenge of under-resourced classrooms, which lack technological requirements such as projectors and speakers.


Grades 8-12 are the most crucial stepping stones between childhood and adulthood.

  • Grades 8 and 9 lay the foundation of core skills and inform subjects selected in Grade 10.
  • Grades 10 to 12 directly impact the matric pass rates and acceptance into tertiary institutions or entry-level professional roles.


Youth are unable to break out of the cycle of poverty and violence because they lack the guidance and support to change their lives.

  • Most parents are not educated and can’t help their kids with schoolwork and career guidance.
  • Learners lack mentors and role models in their neighborhoods due to the brain drain and migration of middle class families from townships to suburbs.