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on 4 Apr 2014
I am South African and will be marrying a Brazillian. He will be moving to South Africa in June with his 10year old daughter and she doesn't speak English. What is the best thing to do regarding her schooling? I am unable to find any schools that are able to teach her English and allow her to continue the school year. Do I just let her do English lessons for the rest of the year and then put her in a school next year? We will be working full time. Are there any schools that are able to teach English and take care of her from 8am - 5pm? Is a home tutor / child minder better?
Shantalie on 4 Apr 2014
Hi Daniela,

Firstly, there is fairly large Brazilian expat community in Cape Town so you should probably be able to find many others that have been in your position. The insight of fellow expats will be very useful to you.

I think its best for you to speak with individual schools and see if there is any way they can make an arrangement for your daughter to take extra English lessons. You will have no problem finding English tuition for you daughter as Cape Town is a hub for foreigners wanting to learn English. While most English schools in Cape Town focus on adult learning, I am sure they can assist you in finding private English tuition for your daughter. Consult our English language schools in Cape Town page for more information.

To learn more about various schooling options in Cape Town look at the Education and Schools in Cape Town page.

Good luck

Xavier on 8 Apr 2014

Hi Daniela,

You can also have a look at our Cape Town Schools Guide, which gives a fairly comprehensive picture of education in the city.

All the best,