Draft POLICY for Home Education Published for Comment

On 17 November 2017 the Draft Policy of Home Education was published for comment by stakeholders and the public.

This follows the publication of the BELA Bill on the 13th of October, 2017. The BELA Bill proposes amendments to inter alia the SA Schools Act (84/1996), and specifically of Sec 3 and Sec 51, both of which have a bearing on home education.

What is the Policy?

The proposed policy is not part of the law or the proposed amended law. A policy can be described as a manual for state officials describing how officials should implement the law. A policy therefore is not a law, and cannot be enforced by courts. A law describes the duties of a citizen and what the penalties are when citizens do not comply with the law.

Although a policy cannot be enforced by the courts, a bad policy can still create problems for citizens, because it guides the actions of state officials. A bad policy leads to bad behaviour by state officials. This is the face of the law that homeschoolers are going to meet.

It is therefore important that parents also make use of the opportunity to provide comments on the Policy. Make sure that you comment on how you would like the “face of the law” to look like. Parents should scrutinize the policy, to make sure that the policy complies with the law. Note that the sections of the law referred to in the Policy are those in the present, unchanged SA Schools Act, sections 3 and 51.

Ask for an extension

The public was given 21 days only to provide comments on the Draft Policy of Home Education.  Parents should first request an extension of the submission date, to enable them to study the draft policy and to make meaningful comments. So send in your letters as soon as possible! Send in your letter to ngcobo.p@dbe.gov.za, asking for extension of the date, and please BCC to homeschoolfreedom1996@gmail.com. That will help us keep count of the number of requests for extension. The Pestalozzi Trust requested an extension: read the letter of extension of the Pestalozzi Trust here.

Then please take your time to read and reread the policy, please take notes on those aspects of the policy which are contrary to the law and impracticable in home education, and save these for your comments on the Policy. The Trust will supply you with guidelines for comments in due course. Together we’ll have to work out a system that will work for all of us homeschoolers in South Africa.

6 thoughts on “Draft POLICY for Home Education Published for Comment

  1. HI
    I am homeschooling a “Laat lammetjie” aged 12 years and have stayed under the radar of all this. I have joined the Pestalozzi Trust again.
    I am keen to send comments and submissions but do not want to disclose my name and address. Can we do this anonymously through the Pestalozzi Trust as we did with the first comments.

  2. Hi Karen, could you please just confirm exactly until which date and time we have to comment on the draft of the policy?
    Thank you for all your time and effort fighting on our behalf… We are forever thankful.

    1. Hallo Annali
      Die sluitingsdatum is 8 Desember. Ons sal betyds vir almal riglyne uitstuur – ons sorteer nog uit tussen die verskillende kwessies.
      Groete
      Karin

    1. Hi Janet

      The Policy is a different document. We need to submit comments on the Policy as well. We’ll put a template out in the week – time is short to reply, but we should be in time, as long as your comment has reached their office by 8/12/2017.

      Kind regards
      Karin

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