Author Archives: Shirley Erwee

About Shirley Erwee

Shirley Erwee is a homeschooling mother of 6, who has been home educating her own children plus two others for 20 years, since 1997. She is also a curriculum provider, author of homeschooling books, home education activist and advisor and now provides an online course for the GED® in South Africa

The Online Learning Revolution

Online learning has revolutionised education in the 21st century.

 It provides opportunity for anyone and everyone to learn something of value.

One of the greatest problems with offline education is the  high cost. You have to pay a lot of money to attend an institution that offers courses, but online, you can study at a fraction of that cost.

Offline, you have to travel to attend classes at set times, but online, you can study from your own home or anywhere and you have the flexibility of studying in your own time too.

Online courses are self-paced and you can study in comfort – on your bed, on the couch, in your pyjamas, or in a swim-suit with a glass of your favourite drink beside you.

You can even eat while you study if you wish!

Online you can learn almost anything you wish – the choices are endless and they are all at your fingertips, literally!

Online courses listed on your CV are an asset. They will show that you are a self-motivated person who is eager to learn and to improve your education. It shows character traits such as commitment, diligence and perseverance.

Online courses can equip you with skills to become a self-employed free-lancer. You can even take courses about becoming an entrepreneur and running your own business if you wish.

As you know, at Online GED, we offer the online course that many students use to prepare for the GED® tests. I wrote about why this is a fantastic choice for 21st Century students here:

A Fresh Perspective on the GED®A Fresh Perspective on the GED

One of the great things about the Online GED® course, is that being self-paced, you also have the time to learn other useful skills while you are preparing for the GED®, or after you have completed the GED®…These skills could possibly become your career!

Two of my kids are already taking online learning courses at – one has enrolled in a number of different computer coding courses to learn different coding languages for a career in IT, the other is doing an online photography course. Today she just signed up for an online art and drawing course too. There are hundreds of other online learning options too – web design courses, graphic design, business, IT, personal development, office skills …you name it.

I get nothing for recommending Udemy to you – I just thought its such a good source of online learning courses that you’d love to know about it.

More Online Courses from Online GED® – more online courses to success in the economy of the 21st Century, how to start an online business, using emails to sell and more …

Money Essentials – get financial skills for life

Work Essentials – skills you need for entering the working world


Get it Right!

The following is a cautionary tale to encourage you to get it right first time, so that you don’t have complications when trying to book your GED® tests.

If you do, please email for assistance. When sending a query, please ensure that you always include the student’s name, surname and his/her GED ID number.

Screenshotted guidelines are available to help you at this page of our website: Online GED® Test Booking



By Jacques van Schoor – used with permission

Students younger than 18 and over 16 will receive an age alert on which has to be cleared by submitting a letter of consent (…/…/ged_test_parent_consent_form.pdf) from a parent to They promise a 72 hour turnaround, but this can take up to five work days to resolve. Do the age alert clearance as soon as is possible after you start the course. Make sure the candidate enters the proper birth date when first registering on the site. Recently the site does not allow users younger than 16, although their terms and conditions still mention a 13 year minimum.

Some of my students forgot their passwords, created a second profile, and then received alerts that first had to be cleared with an expensive overseas phone call. (Somehow is smart enough to know that a single person has two profiles). The GED Testing Service will then, during the phone call, open a case to fuse the two profiles and provide you with a case number. They will ask you which PROFILE you want to keep. Choose the email address for which you remembered your email credentials. If you have already taken a mock exam on the site an ACCOUNT will also have been created. They will ask you which ACCOUNT you want to have survive. Choose the one on which you have done more tests or the one for which you have entered a valid method of payment.

The candidate then has to submit a copy of an Identity document to, quoting the case number in the subject line of the email. It takes about 5 days to for them to execute the fusion and clear the alert.

As things stand there is nothing on the site to indicate that this is a profile-related alert, and not just your age alert waiting to be resolved. You may have submitted your letter of consent and be waiting for that to clear, but this second issue could be gumming up the works without you knowing.

So, if your age alert clearance is dragging, call on +44 161 855 7440 and find out if there is something else that may be wrong. [You can also email]
Warning – you will have to listen to long privacy statements up front, and your call may be dropped before you even get to an operator. Do not smash your phone against the wall – and have enough airtime. You DO NOT want to call in again without that precious case number in hand.

When GED® candidates create their profile on they must be meticulous to record their full names EXACTLY as they appear on their ID document. Physical addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, etc must also be perfect. Any variation can only be resolved with an expensive overseas call, a case number, and submitting a copy of the student’s ID. Once again – count on 5 days.

For any technical issues on the website of the GED Testing Service, please email their support centre at When sending a query, please ensure that you always include the student’s name, surname and his/her GED ID number.

Online GED – Submission on the BELA Bill

8 November 2017
Dear Adv. Rudman

Draft Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill:
Objection to section 25 (6) on home education after grade 9


1          Introduction

As a service provider for an online study programme that high school students and adults use to prepare for an international grade 12 equivalency test, namely the GED®, I would like to submit comments and objections specifically to section 25 (6) of the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill (hereafter referred to as “the Bill” or “the BELA Bill”)

In this section the Bill seeks to regulate and restrict home education for children who have completed grade 9 (i.e. the Further Education phase leading up to a school-leaving qualification). The relevant clause of the Bill is found in section 25(6), and states:

A parent of a learner who wishes to continue with home education after the learner has completed grade 9, must make use of the services of a private or independent service provider, accredited by Umalusi, established in terms of section 4 of the General and Further Education and Training Quality Assurance Act, 2001 (Act No. 58 of 2001), to register for the Senior Certificate Examination through an independent or private assessment body.”


2          Objections

2.1      Vague intention and potential misinterpretation

This clause, as it stands is ambiguous and potentially open to more than one interpretation. This leaves one questioning the intention behind it. It seems to imply that children who are home educated for grades 10 to 12 must pursue the National Senior Certificate (NSC) and must make use of the services of an Umalusi-accredited service provider. The implication is that international grade 12 alternatives are not an option.

This potential restriction is of great concern to a large number of home educating families in South Africa who have chosen or intend to use international school-leaving qualifications like the GED® as their children’s school leaving qualification.

I believe that this paragraph violates the rights of learners and should be removed in its entirety from the Bill.

2.2      The child’s best interests and parents prior right

Section 28 of the South African Constitution (hereafter referred to as “the Constitution”) deals with children’s rights. Of importance is section 28 (2), which states:

(2) A child’s best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child.


Article 26 (3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which South Africa has ratified, states:

“Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.”


At face value, section 25 (6) of the BELA Bill appears to violate the right of parents to choose the form of education that may be in their children’s best interests as it seems to limit the options to only one, namely, the National Senior Certificate.

Since many parents believe it is in their children’s best interests to earn school leaving credentials which are internationally recognised and widely accepted in other countries, limiting their options seems to violate their right to choose what they believe to be in their children’s best interests.


In addition to the Constitution, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), makes clear statements about a child’s best interests concerning education:

Article 28 1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to education, and with a view to achieving this right progressively and on the basis of equal opportunity, they shall, in particular: (a) Make primary education compulsory and available free to all; (b) Encourage the development of different forms of secondary education, including general and vocational education, make them available and accessible to every child, and take appropriate measures such as the introduction of free education and offering financial assistance in case of need; (c) Make higher education accessible to all on the basis of capacity by every appropriate means; (d) Make educational and vocational information and guidance available and accessible to all children; (e) Take measures to encourage regular attendance at schools and the reduction of drop-out rates.

Article 28 3. States Parties shall promote and encourage international cooperation in matters relating to education, in particular with a view to contributing to the elimination of ignorance and illiteracy throughout the world and facilitating access to scientific and technical knowledge and modern teaching methods. In this regard, particular account shall be taken of the needs of developing countries.

Article 29 1. States Parties agree that the education of the child shall be directed to: (a) The development of the child’s personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential;

In other words, the aims of education must be directed toward the development of each child’s personality and full potential, preparing children to participate in society and to do work that is rewarding and reasonably remunerative, and to continue learning throughout life.

2.3      The limits of the role of the state

Article 5 of the UNCRC declares: States Parties shall respect the responsibilities, rights and duties of parents or, where applicable, the members of the extended family or community as provided for by local custom, legal guardians or other persons legally responsible for the child, to provide, in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child, appropriate direction and guidance in the exercise by the child of the rights recognized in the present Convention.

Parents are the primary educators of children and the state should only step in to provide education or any other social services for children when the parents fail to do so.

The Bill demonstrates the state exceeding the limits of its authority and responsibility and potentially usurping the role of responsible parents.

In Section 28 the Constitution confirms that children have the right to education, and imposes the responsibility of ensuring that children’s rights are realized, on parents. It also places the responsibility for the child’s right to shelter, basic health care and nutrition upon parents.

Parents are responsible for basic health care and they may choose private health care or use state health care services if they choose. Parents are also primarily responsible for providing adequate shelter and nutrition and the state may only be called upon to ensure that these rights of children are realised, when parents are unable to fulfill these obligations.

Following the same logic, parents have the right to choose to use private educational services, and as such, the right to choose which educational services to use, if they do.

Since the state does not restrict other parental responsibilities to only one option, it is unconstitutional for the state to wish to prescribe and limit the educational choices of parents for their children. It goes against the ethos of the Constitution to unreasonably limit educational choices, or to prevent access to international educational options — options which increase a person’s educational and professional freedom, as well as his/her freedom of movement locally and internationally.

It also seems very contrary to the spirit of the Constitution to prevent children and their parents from accessing, at their own cost, educational systems and services which they believe to be preferable and beneficial for their own needs and their children’s best interests.


2.4        Freedom of choice and access to information and academic freedom

According to the Constitution, Section 16 (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes— (a) freedom of the press and other media; (b) freedom to receive or impart information or ideas; (c) freedom of artistic creativity; and (d) academic freedom and freedom of scientific research.

The Constitution of South Africa protects the freedom of individuals with respect to belief and opinion, freedom of movement, professional choice and access to information etc.
Any proposed law that would limit any of the above choices, must be found to be just and reasonable, and there seems to be no just reason to limit an individual’s choice of grade 12 qualification to only the option of the National Senior Certificate.

Requiring families who choose home education for grades 10 to 12 to use only the National Senior Certificate as their school leaving qualification is a violation of the right to access other information and ideas and academic freedom.


3.      The GED® – a foreign grade 12 alternative

Since the GED is not a credential that is familiar to many educational officials in South Africa, let us now look at what it is and the benefits it offers in the South African educational context:

“The GED® test is a U.S. high school (12th grade) equivalency test that is delivered in more than 60 countries around the world. Students who pass the GED® test receive a credential equal to a U.S. High School Diploma. Since it was first offered in 1942, more than 20 million adults have taken the GED® test to earn their diploma.”[i]

The following descriptions are quoted from the website of the GED Testing Service in the USA:

About GED Testing Service

GED Testing Service offers the only learner-centric program that is recognized and portable from state to state. The program is based on the expectations and standards for college- and career-readiness and will lead to better outcomes in education.

The new organization was formed in 2011 and was modeled to represent a public-private partnership. It builds on its past experience in adult and continuing education by harnessing the considerable resources of Pearson, the world’s largest education and testing company, with the nearly 70-year history of ACE to expand access to the GED® test, ensure its quality and integrity, and adapt the GED® test to the skills needed in the 21st century.

The GED® program has always been a cornerstone of adult education since it first began in 1942. As the creator of the test, GED Testing Service has a responsibility to ensure that the program continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to a better life for the millions of adults without a high school diploma.

About ACE

ACE is the nation’s [United States] most visible and influential higher education association. We represent the presidents of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions, which include two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entities. Our strength lies in our loyal and diverse base of more than 1 800 member institutions, 75 percent of which have been with ACE for over 10 years. That loyalty stands as a testament to the value derived from membership. We convene representatives from all sectors to collectively tackle the toughest higher education challenges, with a focus on improving access and preparing every student to succeed.” [ii]


3.1      Benefits of the GED® for South Africans

3.1.1     A grade 12 solution for the unemployable, economically disadvantaged

In the South African educational context, the GED® is a solution for many learners outside of the mainstream school system, such as home educated learners and young adults who are disadvantage and unemployable as they lack a matric or equivalent.

In South Africa under 25s without matric are reported to struggle the most to find work: according to Statistics SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey [iii] , 1 June 2017, officially 6.2-million people were unemployed in South Africa.

58% of unemployed people are aged between 15 and 34 and the unemployment rate was 33.1% among people who had less than a matric.

Equally concerning is the high rate of school dropouts – “The Department of Basic Education’s figures, show that 1,100,877 learners enrolled for Grade 10 in 2014, but only 610,178 enrolled for Grade 12 in 2016 – showing an alarming rate of 44.6% of learners either dropping out of the system altogether or remaining stuck in Grade 10 and 11.” [iv]

The GED® test as a foreign grade 12 alternative, helps solve this educational and economic need by giving many of them a second chance. It opens the way for high school-aged home schoolers and young adult learners to college and university courses, apprenticeships and job training—the pathway adults need to gain skills and knowledge, to find jobs, and to care for their families.

3.1.2    Recognised by SAQA

On request the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) will issue a candidate with a GED® credential a Certificate of Evaluation which states that the closest comparable qualification in South Africa is the National Senior Certificate (matric) or an NQF Level 4 qualification.

3.1.3    Recognised by USAF

GED® graduates who meet the gazetted criteria may apply for a letter of foreign conditional exemption from Universities South Africa (USAf) so that they are eligible to apply to South African universities. GED® students have already been accepted at universities and private tertiary institutions in South Africa in the last few years.

3.1.4     Opens doors to further study

The GED® opens many doors of future opportunity for students who previously would have been unemployable and it gives the opportunity to gain access to tertiary education and is an important stepping stone on their pathway to professional success.

3.1.5     Recognised internationally

GED® high school equivalency credentials are also widely recognized by universities and colleges in other countries around the world. This means that it facilitates, rather than restricts freedom of movement of individuals.

3.1.6     Tests can be written around the world

The GED® tests are written at over 3000 test centres in over 160 countries around the world. This means that if a family immigrates, a learner’s education will not be compromised as s/he can continue preparing for the GED® and simply write the test in the new country of residence. This facilitates the right to freedom of movement which is protected by the South African Constitution. (reference)

3.1.7     Content and skills are geared for the 21st Century

The GED® Testing Service is constantly developing its offering to ensure its quality and integrity, assessment methods to adapt the GED® test to the skills needed in the 21st century. This means that students are equipped with skills for the workplace milieu of the Information Age.

There is a wide range of outstanding resource materials, including text books and online study courses available to students to ensure mastery of the skills required to succeed on the GED® tests. These resources equip students with the technical skills, critical thinking abilities, and global perspectives that are essential for success in today’s world.

3.1.8     Study is self-paced

Since there are no set exam dates and the course is self-paced, students can book and write their GED® tests at accredited Pearson VUE test centres, whenever they are ready. This gives students the advantage of progressing at their own pace, after mastery of the content and skills they are studying. They can also book to write the tests at their own convenience when they feel confident and ready.  Since there is no pressure due to restrictive deadlines for completing the tests, candidates can more easily succeed at earning their GED® credential.

3.1.9     Realises the true aim of education as intended by UNCRC

The GED® is an invaluable tool that puts educational advancement and economic upliftment within the reach of many who are disadvantaged by the traditional school system, in South Africa and around the world and enables the intention of Article 29.1 of the UNCRC to be realized, namely education that is “directed toward the development of each child’s personality and full potential, preparing children to participate in society and to do work that is rewarding and reasonably remunerative, and to continue learning throughout life.”
Statistics show that finding employment without a matric or grade 12 equivalent is near impossible in South Africa and the GED® is an out-of-school solution that helps alleviate this problem.

3.2      Evaluation of the GED® in the light of the “child’s best interest”

For many of the reasons stated above, it is evident that the GED® is a grade 12 equivalent option that is in the best interests of many, who choose home education.

The GED® is a stepping stone that opens the doors of opportunity for further study as well as for professional advancement and success in the workplace of the 21st century.

The GED® is a choice that enables students to be educated in a way that develops “the child’s personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential” (Article 29.1 of the UNCRC)”

The GED® is a choice that facilitates freedom of movement between countries without compromising a learner’s education by necessitating a change of school systems.


4.    Conclusion

Since parents have the prior right to choose the form of education in the best interest of the child, since the role of the state is to respect the rights of parents and since the everyone has the right to freedom of access to information and academic freedom, it is evident that the Bill’s requirement, for home educated children to use only the National Senior Certificate for their school-leaving qualification, is a violation of numerous sections of the Constitution.


International alternatives, such as the GED®, which families may choose to be in the best interests of their children should be options that parents have the right to choose, in pursuit of their Constitutional duty to guide, direct and ensure the education of their children.


Section 25 (6) of the BELA Bill that seems to restrict home educators to make use of Umalusi-accredited service providers to register for the Senior Certificate is unlikely to stand up to scrutiny in the light of the Constitution and other applicable international laws and it should therefore be abolished in its entirety.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter

Yours sincerely


Director of Online GED South Africa



[i], accessed 7 November 2017

[ii], accessed 6 November 2017

[iii] Statistics SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey, 1 June 2017,, accessed 7 November 2017

[iv], accessed 7 November 2017


A Fresh Perspective on the GED®

A Fresh Perspective on the GED®

29 July 2017

Today, I attended a homeschool seminar by the well-known homeschool consultant, Martie du Plessis, in Hermanus. I have attended her seminar before and heard many of her talks at the various homeschool expos over the years. Each time, I come away with a new perspective on something that she shared. Today was no different. She put my focus on a couple of gems of information, which are now suddenly freshly relevant and have a new significance in own life and for others  that I reach, especially homeschoolers.
One of the things she often speaks about is preparing our children for life in the digital era, an era where they have to learn to thrive amid chaos, an era where they have to learn to focus amid a multitude of distractions and the era of information, where it is no longer the ability to read that is important but the ability to discern WHAT to read.

She also shared testimonies of grown homeschoolers in their 20’s who are now successful in their own businesses and careers. Without fail, they all said that they are successful today because they had TIME…time to spend pursuing the things they loved, TIME with their parents who mentored and encouraged them and TIME to discover who they were, where they belong and how they can serve their community professionally.

Suddenly, I realised that I have been underplaying some of the most significant advantages of choosing to do the GED® credential as an alternative to a traditional matric.

A traditional matric demands that students spend a large amount of time working through an extensive syllabus, learning facts, information and in some cases, a bit of thinking and writing skills in order to pass traditional pen and paper exams.

Most of the service providers offering recognised matric courses, offer courses that replicate the text-book based school system at home – a system that is considered by modern educational experts to be an outdated remnant of the industrial age – a system designed to raise factory-workers, who all shared the same knowledge and clocked in and out and worked on a time-table …and a few became academics or other professionals!

While this kind of system may develop patience, perseverance and diligence in some children, even at home, it robs them of a lot of TIME that could be spent on other pursuits – other things that develop them as a person in ways that time with text books never can, time doing things that might become the basis of a future career path, time learning other things that are much more relevant to life in the 21st century.

The GED® on the other hand test SKILLS in (only) 4 subjects – skills which are considered to be essential for success in the workplace of the 21st Century – maths, reading, writing and a huge emphasis on reasoning and critical thinking. The tests are presented mostly in comprehension test format, so no wasting time cramming obsolete facts and information you will later forget is required. The tests are done on computer – the tool of the future!

Homeschooled students who have had a good, solid education in the 4 subjects of the GED® tests, up to about grade 10 level and beyond, can usually quickly develop and improve the SKILLS that they need to pass the tests.

During this preparation time, and after achieving their GED®, they then have much more TIME to spend on hobbies, new interests and 21st century skills that could become their sources of income in the future.

Learning about crypto-currency trading online

The successful people of the 21st century need to have a completely different skill set from the academics or factory-workers of the previous century– they need to be creative, innovative, collaborators, good communicators, cross-cultural, computer-savvy…these are skills that are not found in text books or even online courses. They are skills that you can develop only by living life, doing new things, working with people, taking risks, working on projects, learning to use new technology and learning from mistakes.

We have to change our thinking and our children’s thinking and help them to understand that they need a much wider range of skills than a traditional matric will ever give them, in order to be successful in the milieu of 21st century.

So the next time someone asks, “Is the GED® a real matric?”, I will answer – “The GED® is not a matric, it is an alternative foreign grade 12 equivalent* that has the potential to set your child free from the outdated educational system of the industrial era, to equip your child with more relevant skills and to launch your child into a new dynamic way of learning, that can bring success in the modern economy!”

It’s a stepping stone on a new path to a new future.

*SAQA (the South African Qualifications Authority) has evaluated the GED® and found the  National Senior Certificate as its closest comparable qualification. SAQA evaluates each submission of a foreign qualification on a case by case basis and therefore students with a GED® are eligible for SAQA Foreign Qualification evaluation.

Prospective clients frequently ask, “How do I know that Online GED is not a scam?” “Is Online GED South Africa legitimate?”

With the growing number of online scammers on the internet it is a very legitimate and responsible question to ask.

Here is information to help you verify that we are not a scam!

Important: Any website offering to give you a GED® credential or diploma online IS A SCAM. You can not get your GED® online. You can only study to prepare for it online!

In order to earn your GED® credential, you have to write the official GED® tests at a verified test centre. You can not write the official GED® tests from home!

In South Africa, the GED® tests are written at 38 branches of Boston City Campus & Business College. The GED® diploma is awarded to successful candidates by the GED Testing Service® in the USA.

What we offer is the online GED® study programme, powered by the Essential Education GED Academy™  online course, to help students prepare for the GED® tests.

Online GED South Africa is run by Shirley Erwee as a sole proprietor. Here is how to check that this is a legitimate business and check her credentials:


1. Head Office

If you contact the GED Head Office in South Africa, they will confirm that Online GED South Africa is one of the licensed service providers, offering the Essential Education GED Academy course. You can contact them at to confirm this. You can phone and speak to one of their consultants too if you are worried about being the victim of a scam.

Only South African content providers listed on that site may use the “powered by Essential Education” logo as shown on our website.

2. Facebook Group

There is also an Online GED South Africa support group on Facebook with over 2000 members, consisting of both prospective and existing clients. You are welcome to join the group and ask other people how they find the course and the service that we offer.  There are members who will gladly give you references. Go to and request to join the closed group.

3.  Homeschool Author

Shirley Erwee on SABC 3 Afternoon Express on 26 April 2016

Furthermore, if you search online for the name, Shirley Erwee, you will find that she is the author of two books about homeschooling published by Penguin Random House South Africa, Homeschooling the Primary Years and Homeschooling High School.

She is also a curriculum provider and runs a website about homeschooling at She offers online courses about starting homeschooling,  getting through high school and various other aspects of homeschooling in South Africa at

4. Homeschool Legal Defence Association

You can also find links recommendations to contact Shirley at the website of the Pestalozzi Trust which is the homeschool legal defence association in South Africa. Go to
You can give them a call to confirm too.

5. Educational Events and Expos

We support and attend educational events around the country such as the Cape Town Home Education Expo, the Gauteng Home Education Expo, the Bertha Centre Career Pathways Youth Event in Philippi Village and other smaller events at learning centres.


Cape Town Homeschool Expo 2017  and    Gauteng Homeschool Expo 2017

Career Pathways Event at Philippi Village in Cape Town, June 2018

Online GED presentation to parents at a learning centre in Edgemead, Cape Town, June 2018

Shirley Erwee is very well-known in the SA homeschool community. She is not a fly-by-night scammer.

You do have to be careful of being ripped off, so use the internet and do your homework and this should give you peace of mind.

When you are ready to enrol and have made the payment, we will activate your account and then guide and assist you all the way through the process of getting your GED® credential, including booking tests, ordering hard copies of the certificate and transcript from the USA and more.

The GED® – THE Solution for So Many Situations

The GED® credential is an educational option that is the solution for so many different people in so many different situations and the GED is bound to be the solution for YOU too.

It’s a solution for:

  1. Adults who never completed their matric, and who want a grade 12 equivalent* credential for their own personal satisfaction (to prove they can do it) or for better job opportunities and advancement.

2. School-leavers who failed matric and need a grade 12 equivalent* credential to continue their studies and training. The GED® is your second chance! Read how the GED was the solution for a young man who failed matric.

  1. Homeschoolers who want an alternative to the National Senior Certificate.

4. High schoolers who are just not flourishing in the school system, for various reasons and who want to get out of the system, but who do not want to drop out of learning.

Its not a shameful thing to drop out of high school, when its not working for you. In fact, that’s a sensible choice to make. Its a brave and courageous first step in a new direction. It shows that you have recognised that school is not ideal for you and you are choosing to take action and look for change. You are brave, you are ambitious, you are choosing something else!

Whatever your situation, if you are motivated, you can succeed.

Our online GED® study programme, powered by Essential Education’s GED Academy™ is an incredible tool to help you fill in any gaps in your skills in each subject and prepare for the official GED® tests.

It’s a self-paced course, so you study at your convenience and you get to choose your own test dates. No pressure, no deadlines. You can take as little or as much time as you need.

You do not need to memorise a lot of facts and information to pass the GED® as, unlike traditional school exams, the GED® seeks to test other 21st century skills that will be useful in the workplace, skills like:

  • Critical thinking
  • Evaluation and judgement
  • Reading and writing to communicate
  • Mathematics
  • Problem solving
  • Information processing

Employers, universities** and colleges value these skills.  The good news is that it is not impossible to develop your thinking and reasoning skills and its more stimulating, in our opinion than memorising a lot of facts.

The online GED® programme will help you develop these skills. It gives you practice tests and it actually tells you when you are READY to book your official GED® test.

It’s a recipe for SUCCESS.

Asande is highly intelligent, but found school boring and unstimulating. He was underachieving. He heard about the GED® and decided to leave school in grade 11. In 4 months he completed his GED® with top scores and was accepted to study at AFDA – The School for the Creative Economy!

Robin was in a similar situation, started his GED® in April 2018, wrote maths by the end of that month and passed it with a score that puts him in the top 8%!

Aneke said she always felt she wasn’t smart enough to stay in public school, but the GED® gave her hope and then she sent me this:

Hello Aunty Shirley

I would just like to share my awesome exciting news with you. I got accepted to Unisa today and I already did my registration.

Thank you so much for everything. I still can’t believe I got my GED® and I got into UNISA and it all got accomplished in 4 months.

Just wanted to say thanks again.

Blessings Aneke

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* SAQA (the South African Qualifications Authority) has evaluated the GED® and found the  National Senior Certificate as its closest comparable qualification. SAQA evaluates each submission of a foreign qualification on a case by case basis and therefore students with a GED® are eligible for SAQA Foreign Qualification evaluation.

** Once a student has completed the GED® and meets the requirements as per the Gazette , he/she may apply to USAf for consideration.
USAf has also confirmed that should a student’s application be successful, that student will potentially receive one of the below documents:

  • Foreign Conditional Exemption
  • Senatorial Discretion
  • Mature Age Exemption

GED® graduates may apply to Universities South Africa (USAf) for a letter of foreign conditional  exemption with their GED® credential, accompanied by a letter of admission to a degree course from an appropriately accredited US university.**

(You can check this for yourself here:

There is no guarantee that a GED® graduate will be issued with a letter of foreign conditional exemption from USAf, nor that a university will accept his/her application.