Everything you need to know about Private Primary Schools in Mauritius
& SECRETS Primary Schools in Mauritius don't want you to know!
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Before I get into this, you need to know a little about me…
I'm expat who married a Mauritian. During the 20 years I've been living in Mauritius, my children have attended different English Medium Primary schools and I have worked in a few as a teacher.
I've gone through a lot, heard a lot and seen a lot and I wish to share this priceless information with you because…
The education of your child is so important.
If you're deciding to send your child to a Private Primary school in Mauritius, take a moment to read this.
What you need to realise about Private Primary Schools in Mauritius:
- They are a BUSINESS FIRST and school second.
- Every school hates each other . If two schools don't it's because they are owned by the same family/company!
- They are not of the same quality as private schools in Europe or North America.
- They are not created equally. They teach the same subjects but at varying quality.
- They are for the most part, superior to state schools.
Okay. Let's get into it….
All private primary schools in Mauritius are run as a BUSINESS first and school second.
Bums on seat is more important than anything else. On the surface, every school will look like a nice, wholesome environment, however, behind the scenes it is absolutely shocking what some schools will do to get an admission!
It is not uncommon in Mauritius for Private Primary Schools to:
- Spread malicious rumours about other schools!
- Destroy another school's sign boards!
- Open a campus in the same road as a rival school!
- Cut another school's telephone line!
- Steal another schools entire curriculum!
- Copy other schools newsletter, stationary and other printed materials!
- Change their uniforms and name so that it closely matches their competitor!
- Pay school van drivers to drop children of another school to their school!
- Brainwash teachers to leave one school to join theirs!
- Go door to door and canvas parents!
- Have tea parties or food parties just to bitch about rival schools!
- PAY PARENTS COMMISSION or give parents discount when they bring their friends!
When you dig a little further…
You will find the owners of these schools have NO QUALIFICATIONS in the Education sector whatsoever!
They're in it, purely for the money .
Having said that…
There are a handful of schools who do put education first but their fees are significantly more.
The BIG MISTAKE parents make when choosing a Primary School in Mauritius
Typically a parent will call up a few schools, visit a few of them and the one that quotes them the cheapest price…9 times out of 10 they join.
Because the school which has the best salesperson is NOT the best school!
Here are some of the gimmicks some schools will use on parents:
- FREE Health Check-ups (Would you let your child be examined by a Doctor without you being there? Someone you've never met or spoken too!?!)
- FREE Dental check-up (This will be promised but never fulfilled)
- FREE Psychological check up – Really??
- Admit one child, other child is admitted FREE!
Don't fall for these cheap tricks!
Remember that the goal is to find a school to educate your child, to in still values, compassion, to broaden their mind.
Now your next question might be…
How do I choose the best Primary School for my child?
You could ask other parents right?
You can't trust parents for a recommendation!
In fact, I'll go one step further and say…
DO NOT ask for feedback about a school from a parent whose child attends that school
Because in Mauritius, parents have a very strange mentality.
- If the school is good, they don't want your child to go there! So, they will tell you the school has issues.
- If the school is good and your child wants to join, they think the teacher won't be able to give their child any attention! Guess what? They will tell you that school has issues!
- If they can't pay the school fees, their attitude towards the school changes. What do you think they are going to say? Yes, that school has major issues!
- Some parents are unrealistic! They expect miracles by sending their child to a private school. If a child has no interest in following the class, the school can do very little. I know of a case where a parent sent their child who had a serious video game addiction to a private school expecting the school to "fix" the child. Obviously the school couldn't cure this addiction but that didn't stop the parent bad mouthing that school to everyone!
Because of the attitude of parents on the island, you are alone when it comes to deciding the right school for your child and that's a good thing.
You should choose the school which you think is best and not what someone else tells you.
How To Pick The Best Primary School In Mauritius:
- Ask the school how many campuses does it have? If it's more than 2, it's a business.
- Ask the school how many pupils in each class. If it's more than 25, you should be concerned.
- Ask to see what books the school is using…If it is the same books they use in the Government sector, ask yourself, why am I sending my child to this private school if they are using the same books as the FREE state school?
- Speak to the head teacher. Do they speak to you in English or Creole? If it's Creole or French, guess what? They are NOT a true English Medium School!
- When you speak to the head teacher, ask do they have a degree required to be a head teacher? What was their previous working experience? Is it related to Education?
- If it is an English Medium school does the school have native English speakers working in the school?
The following should worry you:
- By law, every school needs to insure their pupils. Some schools like to make extra money by charging parents to insure their child. DO NOT PAY the insurance charge. This is a cost which the school has to pay, NOT you!
- If you go to a supermarket and see kids performing their music day there or putting on any performance, ask yourself, why? Why is a school making their pupils perform in such a public place? They are obviously doing it for exposure. School performances traditionally are held on the school's premises or in an auditorium but not a supermarket! Do not join this type of school!
- If you go to a supermarket or cinema and you see a booth with teachers handing out flyers and offering discounts obviously this school is chasing money! Do not join this type school! This actually happens in Mauritius the way!
Private Primary Schools In Mauritius RATINGS:
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What you need to appreciate is:
- NO SCHOOL IS PERFECT
- NO TEACHER IS PERFECT
- And…NO CHILD IS PERFECT
Think about it for a moment…
Can you control your children to behave perfectly all of the time?
If you're honest, you'll answer no.
Now ask yourself this…
- Can I teach my child + 25 other children?
- Can I do it Monday to Friday, 8am till 3pm?
- And can I teach every child to a level that will make EVERY parent happy?
Most of you reading this, can't do it.
Teaching kids is hard work.
A teachers job is really mentally and physically exhausting.
Some children are more intelligent and more mature than others and no matter what school they attend, they will succeed.
Some children, even if you admit them to an excellent school, they will return average results—it's not the school's fault.
The best you can do is know what it is that you want, then go to that school and find out if it fulfils your requirement.
Remember, just because you're paying a school it doesn't mean it's 100% their responsibility to educate your child. Parents have a massive part to play in shaping the attitude and behaviour of their child. If a child is spoilt at home, they'll behave spoilt in the classroom. Once a child works out they can lie to their parents about what happens in the classroom and get away with it, the teacher will not be able to educate this child properly.
My hope for all parents reading this is that you now have a better idea of how the Private education system works in Mauritius and despite it's flaws, you are able to find the right school for your child.