Parents have been homeschooling their children for what seems like eons – all over the world as well as in South Africa. Still there seems to be much uncertainty among parents as to how this works and what their exact roles/responsibilities are in this regard.
What is homeschooling?
As per Government Notice No. 1411, 23 November 1999:
A parent (this includes: parent or guardian, person legally entitled to custody, or the person who undertakes to fulfill the obligations towards the learner’s education at school) can choose to homeschool his/her own child; in addition, the parent may use a tutor for specific areas in the curriculum. This is a legal, independent form of education.
If your child is of compulsory school-going age you as parent need to apply to the Head of Department, to register your child for homeschooling.
Once registered the following duties must be performed:
- Record of attendance must be kept.
- There must be an up to date portfolio of the child’s work with records of progress and proof of intervention.
- Evidence of continuous assessments as well as an exam at the end of each year. This applies especially at the end of a phase (Gr 3, 6 and 9), with a statement of whether the outcomes have been achieved. (Minimum promotional requirements available on the website of the department of education)
- Keep assessment results for a period of 3 years
- At the end of each phase appoint a person/s, approved by the Head of Department, to assess the child and submit a statement to the Head of Department confirming that the learner has reached the required level. A suitable institution would be an Independent School or a Public School.
It should also be noted that, as a parent, you cannot “transfer” your responsibilities to a tutor, a learning centre or even a service provider you contracted (by using their products and or services) to facilitate and help with the education process. When you decide to homeschool, you become “the Principal of your own school” and are fully responsible for every aspect of your child’s education.
The curriculum used must:
- be of a minimum standard equal to that found in any public school
- must be CAPS compliant
The SAHS solution (Grade 4 – 9):
Our focus is on cost effective student and parent support and guidance with your homeschooling efforts.
- We provide parents with Term 2 and 4 exams, with memos. Parents assess (mark) the student work and issue a Statement of Progress.
- We use where possible free learner books as made available and / or approved by the Department of Education.
- Where these free learner books are not yet available, we provide a list of books per grade – indicating what learner manuals and teacher guides should be purchased.
- Work schedules are in these teacher guides as well as memo’s for tasks and tests.
- Parents may opt to have SAHS moderate the 4th term exams (see price list) in which case we then issue a Statement of Results.
- Premium membership in SearchZone Education Portal is compulsory (cost R250 per annum).
- Webinar subject support is optional and available in SearchZone.
SPECIAL OFFER UNTIL 31/01/2017:
- Grade R @ R1 000.00
- Grade 1-3 @ R2 000.00
- Grade 4-6 @ R3 000.00
- Grade 7-9 @ R4 500.00
- Grade 10-11 @ R8 200.00
- Grade 12 @ R8 700.00