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Private education group to start its own online-only school

Uncertainties around the reopening of schools and the risks to children create demand for a new kind of school, Curro believes.

Private education group to sta

In a reflection of the uncertainties around the resumption of the 2020 school year and the possibility of a large-scale refusal by parents to send their children back into the formal classroom, Curro has launched an online-only school.

The private school group believes it may have spotted a gap in the market and is well-placed to offer parents an alternative that will blend a traditional education with homeschooling.

Called Curro Online, the new school will provide online classes taught by current Curro teachers. According to its 2019 annual report, Curro has more than 160 brick-and-mortar schools and employers over 3 000 teachers.

Not distance education or traditional homeschooling

The press release announcing Curro Online emphasises that this will not be distance education and neither will it be homeschooling as taught by parents, where moms and dads need to take on the responsibility of both teaching and continuous supervision.

Curro online business manager Jay Paul says that this will be a “rethink” of what is currently being offered.  

Paul believes that most homeschooling fails to prepare learners for the technology-heavy requirements of the current business environment. Hence the focus of the curriculum will be on maths, science, coding and robotics.

There will be class-time with qualified teachers

“As COVID-19 continues to impact our country, we also identified a need among parents who are struggling to juggle homeschooling with their own work, or are looking for an online programme that will still give their children access to class-time with qualified teachers.

“Many parents are also concerned about sending their children back to school once [these] reopen, especially those with immune-compromised family members living in the same household. Curro Online is a response to all these pressing needs,” said Paul.

According to Curro, the online material is created and taught by teachers from within the group. There is a structured timetable in place for those learners who need structure, as well as the option to be flexible for those who like to work at their own pace.

The timetable includes teachers initiating each class and guiding learners through pre-set material on the online platform. There will be a dedicated teacher per subject, per grade, for the whole year.