SAHomeschoolers.Org is an independent website that promotes home education in general and is not Readmore
Online, Live Schooling Delivered To You Anywhere! Save 1 full year and finish school in 11 Readmore
impaq home education Readmore
Breinlyn Leerwêreld bied leerders van alle ouderdomme die waardevolle geleentheid om vanaf enige Readmore

Homeschool ABC



Popular homeschooling approaches and styles ...

+ View


5 Easy steps to start homeschooling ...

+ View


How to choose a curriculum for your family ...

+ View


Court confirms : National Curriculum not binding on private education

Statement by the Pestalozzi Trust     25th March 2011

Judge  Cynthia Pretorius confirmed in die Pretoria High Court today that the state curriculum is not binding on independent schools and parents who educate their children at home.

The judge rejected an application by homeschooling parents and private schools to declare the curriculum non-binding. She decided that a Constitutional Court verdict from 2001 made the application unnecessary.

Mr. Bouwe van der Eems of the Pestalozzi Trust, a legal defence association for civil and home education, nevertheless welcomed the verdict because private educators can now safely ignore demands to teach according to the state curriculum.

He expects that the verdict will bring peace to parents and private education institutions who continually have to resist unlawful pressure from education authorities demanding that they teach according to the national curriculum.

Van der Eems points mentions that tens of thousands of homeschooling parents and thousands of private schools have refused to register with the authorities precisely because officials make unlawful demands such as compliance with the national curriculum as precondition for registration. He is of the opinion that these parents and schools have been vindicated by the verdict.

He says that many parents and schools have also succumbed in the past to intimidation by education officials to comply with such unlawful demands. He expects that more of them will now stand up for the internationally recognised right of children to receive education that differs from that which is offered by the state.

The Pestalozzi Trust regrets that the case took nearly four years and gets the impression that the minister fought tooth and nail to keep the case out of court while she and officials at all levels persisted in imposing the curriculum on private education. The Trust calls on education authorities to communicate and consult better with stakeholders in future about the measures that they attempt to impose on private education.

For further information: Leendert van Oostrum 012 330 1337


The article below was published on page 6 in the Cape Times of 6 April 2011.

Home schools' lesson for the state

AN ORGANISATION that provided legal information to home schools and independent schools has welcomed a decision that these schools are not bound by the national curriculum.

The Pestalozzi Trust works with between 4 000 and 5 000 home schools in South Africa.

Judge Cynthia Pretorius recently found in the Pretoria High Court that the State curriculum was not binding on independent or home schools.

Home-schooling parents and private schools had asked the court to declare the curriculum non-binding, but Judge Pretorius found that a 2001 Constitutional Court judgment made the application unnecessary.

Bouwe van der Eems, a trustee of the Pestalozzi Trust, said private teachers could now safely ignore demands that they teach the state curriculum.

He expected the verdict would bring peace to parents and private education institutions, which "continually have to resist unlawful pressure from? authorities, demanding that they teach the national curriculum".

The Cape Times ran a series of articles in February about the increase in home schooling in South Africa. Most families opt not to register with the department.

Van der Eems said thousands of home-schooling parents and private schools had refused to register because officials made "unlawful demands, such as (that they comply) with the national curriculum as a condition for registration". He said parents and schools had been vindicated by the courts.

Trust member Leendert van Oostrum said it was regrettable the case had taken nearly four years. "The case was kept out of court while officials persisted in imposing the curriculum on private education.

Hof bevestig : Nasionale kurrikulum bind nie priva...
South Africa: Sinking deeper into mediocrity

Related Posts



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Thursday, 23 November 2017
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Legal & Research

Homeschooling and the law

The information provided by the media and government officials on the

+ View

Homeschool Research

Research consistently proves that homelearners perform better.

+ View

History of homeschooling in South

History of home education in South Africa   Home schooling (which

+ View


How to find a learning centre

Since there is no central registry of learning centres, they are

+ View

Learning centre overview

Support for learning centres receives regular

+ View

Start a Learning Centre

Important considerations when starting a learning centre

+ View


Support Groups

Parents living in the same area that support each other. ....... ...

Homeschool Forums

Where homeschoolers in South Africa discuss and share ... ...


Tutors provide additional support to homeschooling parents. ... ...

Homeschool family blogs

Blogs by homeschooling families sharing their experiences and advice. ...



  Cambrium is a globally recognised online education platform that ...

Nukleus Onderwys

Alles wat 'n suksesvolle leerder benodig

Physical Development Life Skills ...

- CARPE DIEM -Seize the DayUse the OpportunityHelp children … so ...

Love2Learn Curriculum

Love2Learn offers a comprehensive, modular curriculum, designed to ...

Q & A

What about matric?
There are a number of ways that homelearners can get a matric. The most popular form of matric is the academic matric. W...
What is the best curriculum?
There is no curriculum that is the best curriculum for all families. Parents must have a look at as many as possible cur...
Free and 2nd Homeschool resources
The website has a list of selected free resources that are available, as well as a service where hom...
Save 10%
  • Prev
  • Curriculums & Resources