Feasibility Study

Introduction

Soul Action dreams of establishing a multi-cultural school for 3 to 18 year olds; a school where every child has the opportunity to fulfil their God given potential.

The aim of the school would be to provide excellent education for every child, where every child is encouraged to reach their potential as they develop physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually – whatever their learning style or background.

Therefore, during September and October 2016 a feasibility study was carried out, by means of a questionnaire, to discover:

  • what parents consider of key importance when making a decision on schooling
  • whether parents would be willing to pay school fees based on household income

Demographics of people who completed the questionnaire

The questionnaire was completed by 100 people.  In terms of ethnicity:

  • 24% of people were Black African
  • 6% of people were Indian
  • 6% of people were Coloured
  • 62% of people were White
  • 2% of people were Other

In terms of household income per month:

  • 14% earn less than R4,000
  • 12% earn between R4,000 and R10,000
  • 8% earn between R10,000 and R16,000
  • 8% earn between R16,000 and R22,000
  • 6% earn between R22,000 and R28,000
  • 15% earn between R28,000 and R34,000
  • 11% earn between R34,000 and R40,000
  • 26% earn more than R40,000

Factors parents consider of key importance when making a decision on schooling

Below, in order of priority, are the factors that parents indicated are of key importance when deciding on a school:

  • Excellent teaching
  • Strong leadership
  • Cognitive development
  • Social and emotional development
  • Multi-cultural and racially integrated
  • Teaching that caters for visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners
  • Strong links between school and home

95% of parents noted that they would prefer English to be the medium of instruction.

Willingness of parents to pay school fees based on household income

86% of people highlighted that they would be prepared to pay school fees in relation to their income. Some comments that were made in relation to this include:

Children should not be deprived of a good quality education for monetary reasons.

Most parents want the best all round education for their children and would sacrifice what they have to so their children get the best education and opportunities. Unfortunately many children who are gifted fall through the cracks of mediocre education and never fulfil their full potential.

I would only be willing if it meant that under privileged kids got a chance at a better education, it would also mean my kids interact more with kids from different social economic backgrounds which is great.

Money should not be a determining factor to access good education

I think school fees should be paid according to household income so that whether rich or poor all children get the best education.

Conclusion

The research shows that parents are willing to consider paying for school fees in relation to their income, thus creating a racially and economically integrated school, as long as the school provides high quality teaching and learning opportunities, where children can fulfil their God-given potential.