Parents who want to homeschool asked to apply online

JOHANNESBURG – Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has urged parents who want to home school their children to apply through their provincial education department and not to physically go to schools to apply.

“We urge parents not to go to schools to apply for home education,” the minister said during her media address on Sunday.

Motshekga said this is to maintain social distancing at school facilities and prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.

Parents are able to apply for permission to homeschool their children on the Department’s website.

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There are parents who have decided to keep their children at home during this period of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department of Basic Education said parents are advised to apply to Provincial Education Departments for home learning in terms of section 4 of the South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act No. 84 of 1996).

Motshekga said there is no evidence at the moment that shows that schools are centres that spread COVID-19.

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