An article on Homeschooling has been published in the Cape Times.
According to the Western Cape Department of education, homeschooling is only legal if you have the "structures in place". Statements like this have no legal base. Neither the Constitution nor the SA Schools Acts requires that any structures must be in place to make homeschooling legal. This confirms that the WC Department does not have any knowledge of the law on homeschooling. Read the rest of the blog here.
The article does not indicate what structures should be in place, but it would probably indicate structures that look like school structures. Does this mean that homeschooling is only legal if it looks like a school with desks and bells, but not if it looks like a family that is learning lots of things as a family in an informal manner? Does this mean that we can only learn if our learning is controlled by desks and bells and curriculums? This statement seems to confirm that the Department does also not have any knowledge on homeschooling itself.
It is also ironic that all the so called disadvantages of homeschooling are also disadvantages of schools. It could happen that parents cannot “keep it up”, but in schools there are also teachers that cannot “keep it up”. Why is this a disadvantage of homeschooling and not of schools?
It is also claimed that home learners are deprived of social and cultural activities at schools. Firstly, this statement is not true. Many home learners take part activities at schools. Four of my own children play in the wind band of a public school. Secondly, there are many activities outside schools in which home learners can take part, including activities organised by homeschooling support groups. Why can one not argue that one of the disadvantages of schools is that they are deprived of the activities arranged by homeschooling support groups?
You can read the complete article as it was printed here.