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PREPARING FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR AHEAD careful thought, which however leads to impulse buying. However, with a budget in hand throughout the shopping, one can manage their way of shopping, saving some money for the best back-toschool deals. With back-to-school shopping, every year the prices escalate which requires one to stick to their budget so as to buy the necessary required school clothing and stationery. Extra bonuses received towards the last payment at work could come in handy with back to school shopping as well. As a way of reserving a space for your child at any pre-school such as Bunnies, one can opt to pay half tuition fee which is way better than not paying at all. Securing a place at any preschool for your child as early as

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ecuperating from holiday spending can be dreadful and stressful if money was not used or spent wisely. Following this post-Christmas pinch is the beginning of a new year, a new month, January, which often appears as the longest month, especially where money is concerned. To survive

this month, many people often have to borrow money from friends or family- which heightens the stress as one starts off the year in debt when this could have been avoided through careful budgeting during the festive period. The crossover into the new year often comes with its own demands; searching for that pre-school for the little ones, purchasing of new school

possible is advisable as more preschools attract more children at the beginning of the year. The same notion of paying early also applies to tertiary schools as they also work on deadlines. Paying an instalment beforehand either for one’s short courses or full time courses at any tertiary institution is paramount to one being admitted at the institution. The anticipation of a new month and its responsibilities does brew during the festive holidays and with that being the case, Batswana should be more cautious with how they spend their money as more and more responsibilities await. School deadlines should also be adhered to by at least paying half the tuition price while Christmas shopping at the same time.

uniforms and stationery, be it for primary, junior and senior schools or looking into tertiary schools for short courses or advancing to either Masters or PhD. Planning for these things needs to be done along with festive season shopping. Shopping on a tight budget during the Christmas holidays may not be as easy, as there is great temptation to buy every single item in every shop without

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earing up for the back-toschool season requires one to always have a shopping plan, taking advantage of early bird sales on everything from pencil cases to school uniform and school bags from the most reliable and pocket-friendly retail outlets such as CB Stores and Bata. Finding great deals for these backto-school necessities usually runs towards the first week before school re-opens, which is always a hassle to find the right shoe size or right T-shirt size. This is why it is important to save up some extra money from the holiday season so as not to be left out when there are bargains available at these back-to-school sales. When it comes to uniform, there are trusted retail outlets that have been providing Batswana with quality affordable school T-shirts of different school colours, ranging from white to sky blue. One can also find great deals of quality shoes from retail outlets such as Bata which provides footwear for both female and male. To make sure your child gets the right size, it is better and advisable to shop during the holiday season when doing Christmas shopping. PAYING TUITION FEES School fees are always due beforehand and so it is necessary for every single individual to make sure that they use money wisely. If you are planning to enroll your child at a private school such as Legae Academy, it is best to save up so as to pay an installment well in advance. This is to make sure that the school secures an academic spot for your child, as it is towards the beginning of the year where the waiting list becomes long and chances of your child being admitted to the school are slim. This rule of paying well in advance applies to all the different level of schools, be it from pre-school, primary and tertiary. For pre-school, usually the beginning of the term is crucial and parents are advised to save up money from the holiday season to pay an installment to secure a place for their children. For tertiary students, in order to be enrolled in these short courses, one has to pay in installments to also secure their spot for that particular short course. With the right preparation, it should be possible to educate your child either in a public school or private school and as well as enjoying your holidays.

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chool bells are about to ring and with 2017 just about to swing in, the excitement and anticipation to put on new school shoes and uniform is building up in every child; and what better way to dress up in the best trending school shoes. TRENDING BACKPACK BRANDS When shopping for the best backpacks especially for children going to pre-school, it is always best to purchase those that are branded with their favourite cartoon shows. This in a way entices the child and makes them more eager to go to school and show it to his/her friends. There are various backpacks that are branded with Disney characters very common to children around the ages of 4 to 9. These branded backpacks are available in the different stores around the city such as Game store and Bata. Not only can one buy branded school back packs but can also purchase those of different vibrant colours. For the upper levels of schools such as primary, junior and senior, the most common trendy branded back packs include those of brands such as Nike and Adidas. These are quality portable backpacks that can sustain the heavy load of books and

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THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING CHOICE OF SCHOOL BOTLHE DIKOBE

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he idea of going to a new school be it pre-school, primary, junior, senior or tertiary is beguiling yet frustrating and challenging as there is a lot more that goes into choosing the right school. School choice provides an exceptional opportunity to steer the desired course for your child’s future. With the different level of schools, there are various factors that come to play when selecting a school and these are based on various things such as the following; CHOOSING A PRE-SCHOOL With the myriad of different preschools in the country, choosing one that is best suited for your child will be guided by a number of factors. One of these many factors is the proximity of the school to one’s home. When choosing the best pre-school best suited for your child, one should make sure it is nearby to where she/he resides. This is one way of making sure if anything goes wrong, the child is nearby to his/her home. This also reduces long distance travelling which could be very costly. An elementary school is one of the most important as this is where a child learns and adapts to as she/he grows, and so as a parent, one has to look for a school that enables his/her child to achieve their full potential. CHOOSING A PRIMARY SCHOOL In most cases, at this level of schooling, nowadays most parents prefer private schools while most still believe in public schools. The two are in no doubt wrong, both private and public schools offer the best education and it is usually up to the parents if they want to enroll their children in a public primary school such as Mophane or an English medium school such as Legae. Whether you want to enroll your child at a public or private primary school, it is solely up to the parents and how much the parents have budgeted. CHOOSING A TERTIARY SCHOOL This is ideally one of the most important school choices which ultimately also requires a great deal input of both the parent and the child. With tertiary school, a lot of thinking goes into place as one has to fully know what career path they want to pursue. In doing so, one will be able to choose the programme of study that fits their career path. In most cases, some decisions are derailed by the reputation of the institution. Most institutions such as Boitekanelo College are known for its highly intensive Health programs while Limkokwing University is known for its practical media studies.

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