Gentleman Filling In A Homeschooling Registration Form

Homeschooling registration with the DoE

Parents are encouraged to register their children as homeschoolers with the Department of Education (DoE) in South Africa. Students registered with a curriculum provider, such as Clonard, are not automatically registered with the DoE. Unfortunately, the DoE requires parents to register their children themselves.

Students in grade R and those 16-years-old and over are not required to be registered. Clonard provides parents with the forms to complete and the address to which to send them (each province is different). Parents are advised to make copies before submitting and to have a proof of delivery. The forms are processed and then a DoE official will contact parents to arrange a home visit. This home visit is to check that the child’s education is being taken seriously, that they have a desk to work on, proper textbooks to work from and that they are being taught by their parents at home. After the home visit there is some more processing to do and then the DoE will send parents a letter advising them of successful departmental registration as a homeschooler and will provide an official registration number for each child.

This departmental registration number, coupled with an official Clonard report, will ensure that students are accepted back into mainstream schools in the future. For this reason it is advisable that parents make the time to go through the bureaucratic process of registering their children with the DoE. It may take a while, the forms can be tedious to complete (we are always there to help) but in the end it is worth the effort as parents have the peace of mind that their children have all options available to them in the future.


  1. Hi. I want to register my son for grade 5 next year? I went online to see the registration process and i see i have to register first with the Department Of Education? How long does this registration process take before my son can start home schooling?

  2. My daughter should subscribe into Grade 2, we don’t live in South Africa so how does it work? How will I be able to demonstrate in the future that my daughter has done her school work?

    • We recommend that you register with the DOE when you register with us. They may never reply however as long as you keep the proof that you sent through your information then you will be fine. Thank you

  3. Hi where do I get homeschooling forms from to register my child for home school In South Africa. Is there a website to get the forms

  4. i want to register my child for home schooling for the remander of the year.shz in grade 4.what do i need to do and where do i start

  5. Hi I wanted to enrol my children for homeschooling but unfortunately I don’t have their report cards for last year. Alternatively, I have their transfer cards clearly stating the grades they are supposed to be in. Can I use these documents when registering instead of report cards?

  6. Good day my son is in an Independant school south of jhb called Gibson Pillay learning academy after raising a few concers regarding my fears as a parent i have been sent a 3 page letter and i only gather one point send your child back or tell us he is not coming back so wr can go ahead and de register him. So i am seeking home schooling for him to complete his grade 12 this year 2020

  7. Hi I want to enril my son he is in grade 7
    This year, can I enrol him to complete his grade 7. Also want to enril him for next year

  8. Hi
    I want to enrol my son who is currently doing grade 6 this year.
    Can you kindly assist me with necessary info about home schooling

  9. My daughter is in grade 11. I would like to undergo homeschooling for the rest of the year. Kindly assist pls

  10. Hi. I never been to high school.i with like to get my grade 8 to 12 done. I with like to know if i register through department of education can i home school myself..

  11. Hi. I never been to hight school. I with like to get my grade 8 to 12 done. I with like to know if i register with department of education can i home school myself

  12. Hi
    I want to register my grade 1 and grade 2 kids for homeschooling this 2021 academic year. I would like to know if it’s still possible and do I get study material from the department or I have to buy for my self?

  13. Hi …Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic i started Homeschooling my kids from last year,my kids are currently returning back to school on the 15-O2-2021.”The Department OF Basic Education plans to open online schools to reduce the pressure of the system”, not sure when will the DBE implement this new task.I actually want to apply for homeschooling for my 4 kids this year…please advise me on how to do so going forward…Thank You

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