How To Apply For Home Schooling

The Basic Education Department has given parents the option to homeschool children if they do not want them to go back to school. The Department has provided steps explaining how parents can do this. 

Parents who wish to homeschool their children can apply to the head of their Provincial Education Department. The homeschooling lessons must cover content taught in the foundation, intermediate or senior phase.

The application process is free and applications for each province are available online on the Basic Education website.

Application forms must be submitted to the head of the Provincial Education Department along with the following documents:

  • parent/s certified ID copy
  • Certified copies of passport /study permit/work permit/Asylum document is required for foreign nationals
  • last copy of school report (if the child was in school before, but if the child is only starting school now you must attach an immunisation card)
  • weekly timetable which includes contact time per day
  • breakdown of terms per year (196 days per year)
  • learning programme
  • certified copy of child’s birth certificate

Once parents have successfully registered their children, they must keep the following documents as proof of home schooling:

  • record  of attendance
  • portfolio of the child’s work
  • up- to- date records of the child’s progress
  • portfolio of the educational support given to the child
  • evidence of the continuous assessment of the child’s work
  • evidence of the assessment and or examination at the end of each year
  • evidence at the end of grade 3,6 and 9, that shows whether your child has achieved the outcomes for these grades
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