Parents who choose to deregister their child from a school and apply for home schooling must comply with specified legal requirements.
This is according to the updated government gazette published for the education sector.
It states that a parent, caregiver or a designated family member may choose not to send a learner to school for reasons that may include:
- Any medical condition of the learner, including comorbidities;
- Anxiety and fear related to Covid-19, concern for family members that are over the age of 60 or concern for family members with comorbidities;
- A preference for the learner receiving learning and teaching instruction through the online or virtual platforms provided by an independent institution which is not related to the school that the child is registered at;
- A preference for the learner receiving learning and teaching instruction through the online or virtual platforms provided by the school;
- An application for home education and deregistration of a learner from the school.
- In these cases, a parent or caregiver are required to fill out an application form and send it to the Head of Department.
Parents who refrain from sending children back to school because of fears about Covid-19 infection will first need to apply for permission from the provincial education department.
The application must also be accompanied by a form in which parents declare to take full responsibility for the child’s continued learning at home.
According to the gazette, parents have to ensure the entire child’s teaching and learning material is collected or accessed to ensure continued learning takes place.
A pupil who is deregistered from a school will have to reapply for admission and adhere to the admission requirements if they wish to return to a public school.
The required forms
The application process, are outlined in more detail in the gazette below.
Sources: TimesLive, BusinessTech