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Leave us alone, unhappy homeschool parents tell government

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Leave us alone, unhappy homeschool parents tell government

They are unimpressed by the proposed basic education bill that goes before parliament this week

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Parents of homeschoolers have expressed serious concerns over proposals in a draft bill which, if enacted, will force them to register their children with provincial education departments.

The controversial Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill (Bela), which will come up for discussion again in parliament on Tuesday, also compels these parents “to arrange for the pupil’s educational attainment to be assessed by a competent assessor annually”.

This annual assessment, which must be submitted to the head of department at the end of each schooling phase – namely, foundation (grades one to three), intermediate (grades four to six) and senior (grades seven to nine) – must be done until the pupil reaches the age of 15 or completes the end of grade nine...

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