Should you register your child as a homeschooler?

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Enrol your child with MindScape Education before July 31 2020 and save 30% on fees.
Enrol your child with MindScape Education before July 31 2020 and save 30% on fees.
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With the Covid lockdown in place and schools being closed, then opened, just to be closed again, a question many parents are asking themselves is: should I register my child as a homeschooler?

This is a hot topic of conversation among homeschoolers and a complex issue to which MindScape Education recommends parents give considerable thought.

There are three relevant pieces of legislation in SA regarding this question. One is the SA Schools Act, 1996. The other is the Children’s Act, 2005 and the third is the SA constitution. Yes, there is a law that stipulates that we must register our homeschooled children with the department of education. There is also legislation that says not doing so is punishable by a fine, or imprisonment, or both. But, as a parent, you have a constitutional right to choose the kind of education your children receive, the nature of the content they learn about, and you also have a legal responsibility to always act in your children’s best interests. 

There are stories about intimidating department officials arriving unannounced, as well as the complete opposite — positively glowing accounts about how helpful and constructive department staff and officials have been. 

At MindScape Education, the choice is yours. Should you choose not to register your child with the department, it completely respects your decision and won’t force you to comply with the regulations as set out by the department. However, MindScape can efficiently handle the registration process on your behalf should you wish to register your child with the relevant education authorities. 

In conclusion, do your research. Nobody can tell you what is best for your family and nobody can make a decision as important as this one on your behalf. 

If you require assistance registering your child for homeschooling, e-mail info@mindscapeeducation.co.za or call (+27) 11-704-0687.

Did you know you can save your child’s academic year?

Enrol your child with MindScape Education before July 31 2020 and SAVE 30% on annual curriculum fees. Visit the Mindscape Education website to find out more about our curriculum options (parent to student, tutor to student & school 360°). 

This article was paid for by MindScape Education.

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