About homeschooling

1. What is homeschooling?
Home education is the education of children by their parents in their own home.

2. Is homeschooling legal?
Yes, in 1996 it became legal for parents to teach their own children at home in South Africa.  The Department of Education permits parents to call in the assistance of a tutor or facilitator where necessary on a part-time basis.

3. How is homeschooling monitored by the government?
The Department of Education would like you to register your child as a homeschooler with your provincial education department.  We will provide you with the necessary forms to complete and contact details for submission.  All our textbooks are compliant with CAPS as laid out by the Department of Education and we include continuous assessments tasks, an attendance register, and everything else that the department requires to ensure that children can return to mainstream school at any time. You can read more about registration with the DoE in our blog post on the topic.

4. Why choose homeschooling?
Homeschooling means that children can receive valuable one-on-one attention in a nurturing environment. This means that they can improve their attitude towards “school” and more often than not sees a great improvement in their understanding of the work and so their marks. There are a variety of reasons that parents may choose to homeschool their children.  The following are some of the most common reasons:  a poor level of education in schools; over-crowded classrooms; lack of discipline; bullying; financial reasons; proximity to a suitable school; unhappy child; child that does not fit the mould of a mainstreams education approach; inability to attend full-time school at specified times; religious reasons (we believe that religion is a personal matter so there is no religious content in the Clonard curriculum). Homeschooling helps you to create an environment where your child can flourish and reach their potential.