BASA EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE is a trust whose objective is to establish and run formal independent primary and secondary schools. As a Non-Profit Organisation, BASA is strategically positioned to provide low-fees schooling. Low-fee schooling is one intervention criteria followed by BASA in addressing classroom shortage in the previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa.
The first BASA school was established in central Johannesburg in 1993. Today, BASA runs 5 schools.
BASA schools are registered with Gauteng Department of Education. Although BASA has its own educational standards and benchmarks, it offers government curriculum (CAPS) in all Grades (Grade 1 to matric). Learners sit for National Annual Assessments (Grade 3 to 9) and National Senior Certificate examinations in matric.
The current total enrolment of BASA stands at 5,000 learners (3,500 in primary and 1,500 in high school) with 160 educators. This dedicated team of staff members offers good mentorship and leadership that continues to produce excellent academic results, good sporting achievements and good cultural development for these learners.
For the past 5 years, BASA schools have produced excellent matric results (between 90% and 100%) with distinctions and exemptions. In 2005 academic year BASA achieved 100% pass rate, with accolade certificate from the National Minister of Education. BASA matriculants have consistently, over the years, enrolled in challenging faculties, such as actuarial science, commerce and engineering at universities around the country.
In recent years, BASA began to build schools on bigger scale to catch up with the increasing classroom shortage. This building program started in Protea Glen, Soweto, where a new school was opened in January 2015 for 1,200 learners. BASA plans to intensify efforts to build more schools in the coming years.