Home schooling: How do you register and write exams

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, home schooling is on everyone’s minds, but how do you register and write exams?

Safety concerns and ongoing disruption to the school calendar are forcing more and more parents to consider home schooling as a viable alternative. But if you have decided that you would like to home school your child or children, how do you go about registering?

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Home schooling: How to register and what you should take note of:
The lessons you offer your child must fall within the scope of the following compulsory phases of education:

• Foundation phase (grades 1-3)

• Intermediate phase (grades 4-6)

• Senior phase (grades 7-9)

What you should do:
Apply electronically, using the applicable application form, to the head of your Provincial Education Department and attach the following documents:

• Parent/s certified ID copy.

• In the case of foreign nationals certified copies of passport, and study permit/work permit/asylum document is required.

• Last copy of school report (if the child was in school before, but if the child is only starting school now you must attach an immunisation card).

• The weekly timetable which includes contact time per day.

• Breakdown of terms per year (196 days per year).

• Learning programme.

• Certified copy of child’s birth certificate.

It may take up to 30 days for your applications to be processed.

How much does it cost?
The service is free.

What records do I have to keep?
After your child has been registered for Home Education you must keep the following:

• Record of attendance.

• Portfolio of the child’s work.

• Up-to-date records of the child’s progress.

• Portfolio of the educational support given to the child.

• Evidence of the continuous assessment of the child’s work.

• Evidence of the assessment/examination at the end of each year.

• Evidence at the end of grade 3, 6 and 9, that shows whether your child has achieved the outcomes for these grades.

These requirements from the department are set out to make sure that the child is receiving a worthy education.

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