Homeschooling is based on the principles of honesty and integrity as there is a lot of flexibility and trust that the happens around how exams and assessments are conducted up to the level of grade 10 – in the FET phase things become a lot more serious and rigid. Unfortunately this system can be open to abuse in the hands of unscrupulous tutors who may just be serving their own best interests of pleasing the parents in the short term by ensuring that their students achieve grades that are not a true reflection of what they have learnt and their actual ability. This will certainly have dire consequences for the student when they reach the FET phase and find that they are not up to standard and prepared for matric.
When homeschooling is done properly for the purpose that it was intended, it can be the most rewarding and effective education that you could give your child.
The fact that Clonard has a team of qualified teachers and subject experts, ensures the quality of the CAPS curriculum materials as well as the standard of all exams. Our teachers also do the marking of exams and provide each learner with their year-end report. So the materials and assessment standards are met, but the onus is on the parent to manage the teaching and the learning element of the homeschooling process.
These are some of our best tips for parents who are looking to appoint a tutor centre:
- First find some options that meet your requirements, in your local area. You can do this by asking us for a list of local tutors; Google search and visiting relevant websites such as www.sahomeschoolers.org; and putting an ‘advert’ on social media or at local schools and the library may generate some good leads. A retired teacher may be just what you are looking for or a cottage school.
- Prepare a checklist in advance with questions and your required criteria that you can use to effectively evaluate and compare your options methodically.
- Visit the facility during teaching time (unexpected if possible) and take careful note of:
- The facilities and materials;
- Tutor to student ratio;
- Level of student/tutor enjoyment & interaction;
- Speak to tutors as well as the students;
- Check the qualifications and experience of the tutors;
- Ensure that you don’t have a single tutor trying to teach several grades simultaneously;
- Ask for references and chat to other parents with children at the centre. Moms are always very eager and willing to help and advise other Moms on this important subject.
- We advise parents to copy the work schedules from the Teachers Manual so they know what work should be covered each week. Ask your child to bring their workbooks home every Friday so you can assess their progress and also give them a little test (oral or written) on the week’s work that should have been covered.
Parents must take an active interest in the homeschooling process even if the child is in a tutor centre. Finding the right tutor centre can make all the difference to your child’s enjoyment and quality of education as well as their personal development. We are here to support both parents and tutors in this important journey.