Description of Homeschooling
Home schooling is a programme
of education that a parent may provide to his or her child at home.
A parent of a learner who is of compulsory
school-going age must apply to the Head of the Department of
Education of the province involved to register the learner for
receiving education at home. The following are compulsory phases of
- The foundation phase (grades 1 - 3)
- The intermediate phase (grades 4 - 6)
- The senior phase (grades 7 - 9)
- A parent of a learner who is no longer of compulsory
school-going age or grade need not apply for registration for
- After the learner has been registered for home schooling,
the parent must do the following:
- Keep a record of attendance.
- Keep a portfolio of the learner's work.
- Maintain up-to-date records of the learner's progress.
- Keep a portfolio of the educational support given to the
- Keep evidence of the continuous assessment of the
- Keep evidence of the assessment and or examinations at
the end of each year.
- Keep evidence at the end of Grades 3, 6 and 9 that shows
whether the learner has achieved the outcomes for these grades.
For more information, go to Department of Education.
Steps to follow
A parent must:
- apply to the head of the Department of Education of the
province where they live to register a child (learner) for home
- submit the application form with a copy of the learnerís
documentation that outlines the unit standards the parent will
South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act 84 of 1996)
It may take 30 days.
The service is free.
Forms to complete
The application forms can be obtained from
any provincial Department of Education.