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Our education system in South Africa is a lot different to the system in the States etc. We had a meeting with the school and department representative yesterday. Although the final decision in keeping him back rests with us as his parents, we will get a lot of resistance from the department, and will need to motivate why he is a year older than his peers every year. Should another problem arise later, and he needs to be retained again, the department does not allow for children to be 2 years ahead of their classmates, which means he will then need to be moved to another education system.

Concerta is the only drug of its type available in South Africa at the moment. They still have patent rights on the formula etc, which means that no generics or other forms (ie capsules etc) is available yet.

Thanks for everyone’s advice. I guess we continue getting him to swollow the pills until he finally gets it right….