Each country has its own laws and regulations that govern homeschooling. We would recommend that you contact the Home-Schooling Legal Defence Association in your country in order to get clarity on what these are. In South Africa, you can contact the Pestalozzi Trust in this regard, on +27 12 330 1337, or visit their web site at http://www.pestalozzi.org.
Love2Learn does not purport to be experts in legalities, nor to offer legal advice; however broadly speaking in terms of the Constitution of South Africa and the Education Act that governs schooling in our country, home-schooling is fully recognized and 100% legal, subject to certain criteria, which are listed below. Love2Learn does not require that you have to register with the Department of Education before we will sell you any part of our Curriculum. The choice is yours. It is your legal, constitutional right to homeschool; and very broadly speaking, the Department of Education can essentially only deny this right on the following grounds:
- If you, being the designated teacher or tutor, are illiterate.
- If anything clandestine is happening in your home (e.g. drugs, alcohol abuse, child abuse etc.) and/or if the environment in which you are homeschooling is not suitable for learning – e.g. if your husband runs an engineering business from the room next door and your children’s teeth are too busy rattling for them to be able to concentrate! (Then either he moves or you mopve your homeschool)
- If you are homeschooling with a view to inculcate some other form of governance such as Apartheid or Communism into your children.
Again, we reiterate that the decision to/not to register, rests with you, the parent and NOT Love2Learn Curriculum. We would encourage you to seek advice before making your decision.
In regard to removing your children from school – there is no hard and fast answer to this, save to say that a school may not interfere directly with your decision. At best they may require you to sign a “release form”, which states that due to the fact that your child is no longer under their “jurisdiction” from an education point of view, you release them - with immediate effect - from the obligation of having to educate your child. This we believe is quite justifiable; and given that you are going to be the person responsible, you should have no qualms with signing such a form.