Over the past few years, we have heard from many parents who are considering or who have chosen to homeschool their children. In South Africa, this is not yet a well-established system, but guidelines are provided by the Department of Education for parents who opt to go this route.
Due to the interest in homeschooling, and the questions we have addressed previously, we have included information on this page that can point you in the right direction. If you are already registered on a homeschooling curriculum, and are requiring the assistance of a tutor for a few hours/week, for difficult subjects or sections of work, please contact us, and we will aim to assist with your specific tutoring needs.
Registration for homeschooling
Every learner under 15 years or in Grade 9 and below who is receiving education at home must be registered with the Department of Education. An application form can be obtained from your provincial education department, and parents will be required to submit supporting documentation and a plan of how they will intend to monitor progress and assess the learner’s work.
Registered homeschool institutions
There are a number of more well-established homeschool organisations that provide you with curriculum, guidance and support. It is still important, however, to ensure that they are registered with the Department of Education, and that the learner is also registered. The below are some of the organisations we have liased with previously:
ACE (Accelerated Christian Education): (031) 563 5483 www.aceministries.co.za
British International College (Cambridge) www.bicollege.co.za
General homeschool queries
Western Cape Department of Education contact:
Mr I J Morkel
Tel: 021 467 2768
Fax: 021 467 2565
Gauteng Department of Education:
Call Centre: (011) 355 0966/0559/0198/0600
Toll Free number: 0800 000 789
Eastern Cape Deparment of Education
Tel:+27(0)86 063 8636