Homeschooling parents were recently shocked when the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) not once, but twice attempted to curb the liberty of parents to choose what is in the best interest of their children.
On 11 February the WCED issued Draft 8 of a proposed policy on home education that unlawfully requires parents to use the state curriculum, register before 30 September of the year before they can start homeschooling, prohibiting homelearners to come together in groups and a multitude other unreasonable requirements. In protest against this policy, many parents wrote letters to their DA councillors and thePestalozzi Trust wrote a letter to the Western Cape minister of Education, Mr. Donald Grant. On 14 Feb., the proposed policy was withdrawn.
However, on the 4th of March the WCED published a notice in Western Cape newspapers prescribing similar unlawful requirements.
This double attack has made the homeschooling community aware of the fact that they must always be alert and vigilant in order to protect their liberty. Otherwise it could easily happen that home education is transformed into a public-school-at-home model that will produce the same dismal results as public schools.
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