A new law proposed by the Department of Basic Education is said to impose burdens on homeschooling families and authorize the government to jail parents for up to six years.
Homeschool advocates are fighting the new proposal desperately to avoid these what they are calling draconian consequences.
Currently the law states that all home-schooled children between seven and 15 must register with the national department of basic education. Those older than 15 are not legally bound to do so and in reality, registration seldom - if ever -happens.
Currently South African education law requires parents to send every child to school or to register the child for education at home unless the parent has good reasons to do neither. Parents who do not comply may be prosecuted and upon conviction be sentenced to a maximum of six months in jail or a fine.
Dr Moses Simelane, Director for Inclusive Education, Department of Basic Education says they are proposing to amend the South African School Act particularly section: 51.
We want to amend the definition of home schooling. We are revising the policy and regulation.— Dr Moses Simelane, Director for Inclusive Education, Department of Basic Education
Responding to Simelane is Bouwe van der Eems, Chairman of The Pestalozzi Trust who says education is the primary responsibility of parents as expressed in the law. Van der Eems, explains that their main objective is to oppose the department and state's interference in prescribing home schooling methods and standard of education
Listen to the full interview in the clip below: .