Legalities

One of the recurring debates I have, is whether to register with the Department of Education or not?  I received quite a lengthy newsletter from the Pestalozzi Trust, which discusses this very issue.  Should you be interested in reading it, click on the file: To Register or Not to Register

Here is another link which makes for a good read:
http://www.homeschool-tce.co.za/pages.php?id=82

In principle, home schooling is your Constitutional right! 

Each country has its own laws and regulations that govern home schooling and I would recommend that you contact the Home Schooling Legal Defence Association in your country or the Department of Education in order to get clarity on what these are.

In South Africa,  you can contact the Pestalozzi Trust and/or the Department of Education in your province – this will be discussed below: 

  1. Pestalozzi Trust
  2. Department of Education 

 1. Pestalozzi Trust

The Pestalozzi Trust, is the Home-Schooling Legal Defence Association of South Africa, you may contact them on +012 330 1337, or visit their web site at http://www.pestalozzi.org or e-mail Leendert van Oostrum (leendert@oostrum.org)

 2. Department of Education

In terms of the Constitution of South Africa and the Education Act that governs schooling in our country, home schooling is fully recognized and 100% legal, subject to certain criteria, which are listed below:

It is your legal, constitutional right to home-school; and very broadly speaking, the Department of Education can essentially only deny this right on the following grounds:

  1. If you being the designated teacher are illiterate.
  2. If anything clandestine is happening in your home (e.g. drugs, alcohol abuse, child abuse etc.) and/or if the environment in which you are home schooling is not suitable for learning – e.g. if your husband runs an engineering business from the room next door and your children’s teeth are too busy rattling for them to be able to concentrate!
  3. If you are home schooling with a view to inculcate some other form of governance such as Apartheid or Communism into your children.
    The decision to/not to register rests with you, the parent.  I would encourage you to seek advice before making your decision.

 In addition, I have included a copy of the Application APPLICATION FORM FOR HOME EDUCATION for your reference and below is the contact details of the Gauteng Department of Education:

Carol Motshwane
Tel: 011 355 0071
Fax: 011 355 0640/086 270 7681
E-mail: carolm@gauteng.gov.za  (also try Carol.Motshwane@gauteng.gov.za).

 Alternatively, Carol recommends that forms be REGISTER MAILED to:
 
To the Director GET/IDS
Mr. J. Kapp
Gauteng Department of Education
PO Box 7710
Johannesburg
2000

Here are some other useful docs:

HOME EDUCATION REGISTRATION PROCESS
NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY ACT FOR HOME EDUCATION
REVISED NATIONAL CURRICULUM STATEMENT – GDE – FOUNDATION PHASE
A USEFUL DOC – LAYING SOLID FOUNDATIONS – GOVERNMENT NOTICE
RENEWAL FORM FOR HOME EDUCATION_2013

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