Cape Town - The controversial homeschooling policy has been approved by the Council of Education Ministers (CEM) and is now being prepared to be promulgated into law.
The policy, among others, provides for registration, implementation and monitoring of homeschooling.
Consultations started in 2014 and 740 submissions were received, according to the Department of Basic Education (DBE).
The first consultation meeting was attended by, among others, representatives from home education associations, Pestalozzi Trust (the legal arm for some parents); independent curriculum providers; Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa, Umalusi; and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).
The home education community expressed appreciation for the opportunity, as it was the first time that the state had engaged them on the practice.