A few weeks ago, our lines were flooded with calls from people who opposed the legislative changes brought forth by the Department of Basic Education regarding homeschooling regulations.
One of the main reasons behind the outrage was the fee parents have to pay to be monitored by an assessor.
Stephen Grootes spoke to the Director of Inclusive Education at the Department of Basic Education Dr Moses Simelane about what sparked the sudden change in the homeschooling legislation.
Home Education has never been well defined over the years. Even the existing policy had gaps, specifically in terms of defining the practice. Therefore, the Department has taken steps to strengthen the legislation around home education and of course, at the same time plug the gaps in the existing policy.— Dr Moses Simelane, Director of Inclusive Education at the Department of Basic Education
Simelane says that paying for an inspector was not part of the policy. He adds that when a child reaches an exit grade (grade 3, 6 or 9), then parents are expected to use the services of a competent assessor, that obviously needs to be paid.
One should also understand that if you look at Section 29 of the Constitution, I think it’s sub-section 3, where it talks about the rights of anyone to open or establish an educational institution. It goes further to emphasise that the educational institution must be at the individual's cost.— Dr Moses Simelane, Director of Inclusive Education at the Department of Basic Education
The Department just wants to regulate the environment, provide guidelines, and make sure that the practice is legislated says Simelane.
Parents choosing to home educate, still have an obligation to make sure that the education they provide is in the best interest of the child and that’s according to the Constitution as well.— Dr Moses Simelane, Director of Inclusive Education at the Department of Basic Education
Simelane says that it’s the responsibility of the state to ensure that the rights of children are protected.
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