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South Africa: Homeschooling running into heavy weather
December 2013: A serious threat to home education comes from the direction of one of the teacher unions that is attempting to maneuver into a position to have the sole ability to assess homeschooled children—and compel assessment.

Serious Threat to Home Education
October 31, 2013: The Pestalozzi Trust, the legal defense organization for homeschoolers in South Africa, analyzes the new SACAI “Assessment Instruction” on home education.

Over 50,000 Homeschoolers in South Africa and Growing
February 8, 2013: A blogger writing in Afrikaans reports on the growing homeschool movement.

National Curriculum not Binding on Private Education
March 25, 2011: Judge Cynthia Pretorius confirmed in the Pretoria High Court today that the state curriculum is not binding on independent schools and parents who educate their children at home.

Curriculum Mandate for Homeschoolers
South African homeschool leaders express outrage over the government's plan to mandate one curriculum for all schools, including homeschools. This article, from a prominent South African newspaper features interviews with the leaders of the Pestalozzi Trust Legal Defense Fund, a group that works closely with HSLDA to protect homeschool freedoms in South Africa.

South Africa Minister Of Education Attempts to Stop Religious Teaching in Homeschools
Hundreds of thousands of South Africans find the requirement for religion education from a "neutral" perspective to be tantamount to blasphemy.

South African Homeschoolers Concerned About Religious Persecution
In a speech to the National Association of Professional Teachers Organisations of South Africa, Education Minister Kader Asmal accuses Christians of intolerance.

A Critique on South Africa's New National Curriculum Proposal (Fed 2002)

Home School Freedom Threatened in South Africa (Jan 1999)

Home Schooling in South Africa (Oct 1997)

South Africa: The Struggle for the Freedom to Home School (May 1997)


 Country Information

Compulsory education ages: 7-15

Legal status of homeschooling:
Legalized by national education law in 1996, each province has the authority to set its own standards. Home learners are required to register with provincial education departments. However, provincial education departments set numerous unlawful preconditions for registration.

Estimated number of home schoolers:
50,000-75,000

 Contact Information

Leendert van Oostrum, President
Pestalozzi Trust Legal Defence Fund for Home Education
P.O. Box 12332
QUEENSWOOD 0121
Republic of South Africa
Telephone +27-12-330-1337
Fax: +27-12-331-1018
Website: http://pestalozzi.org
E-mail: defensor@pestalozzi.org

Graham and Allison Shortridge
Theocentric Christian Education
Cape Town, South Africa
Web: http://www.homeschool-tce.co.za
Email: tcecc@mweb.co.za

Association for Homeschooling
Chairman: Bouwe van der Eems
Email: bouwe@tuisskolers.org
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Last Updated: August 24, 2013