Our expert says:
This decision needs to be based on the learning needs of your son, and also your beliefs around the best education you can provide for him.
Some young people struggle with traditional schools and the rules that they constantly hit up against, e.g. uniform, haircut. As a result they do better in a more adult setting. However they need to take more responsibility for their work, and often colleges are very academic with no extra-murals. The work-load can at times be higher than at a school.
If you are seriously considering it, I would recommend you visit a few colleges in your area and compare them to his current school, or other schools around you.
What remains important is that he gets a good quality matric as this is the key to the next stage.
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