Curro shrugs off bad press. Increases learner numbers by 25% in one year

Curro released results today which showed its number of learners increased by 25% to 36 085 from 28 899 in June 2014.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Curro CEO Dr Chris van der Merwe who said that his company’s vision to have 80 Curro campuses accommodating 90 000 learners by 2020 remains on track.

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The acquisition of Advtech wasn’t part of our strategy to have 80 campuses by 2020.

Dr Chris van der Merwe

We don’t have a brand problem. Parents are voting with their feet!

Dr Chris van der Merwe

South Africans are immensely sensitive to racism. All schools have to deal with incidents. In the past 18 years we’ve had three incidents of racism. We’ve changed leadership at the school in question.

Dr Chris van der Merwe

The risk to our reputation is real. We have to deal with these incidents with honesty.

Dr Chris van der Merwe

Our schools are 60% full.

Dr Chris van der Merwe

Our intention is to add about seven campuses per year.

Dr Chris van der Merwe

We don’t want to poach the superstar teachers in the state sector.

Dr Chris van der Merwe

We have 2500 teachers of which 570 are black.

Dr Chris van der Merwe

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