Home Education and the Law in South Africa

Know the law on home education so that you can be informed and empowered to make good decisions to protect your children's rights.

This course is an attempt to gather useful and relevant information on this topic into one place, for anyone who wishes to be better versed in these laws and who also wishes to study other resources and information about home education as a human right.

Many prospective homeschooling parents find conflicting information and advice given on social media and even by government officials. They don't understand their children's rights and their responsibilities as parents or the legal limitations of the authority of officials with regard home educating families.

To understand the legalities of home education is not a simple task as there are various instruments of law which may apply, such as the South African Constitution and the Children's Act. There are also international instruments of law, such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and others, which influence legal processes in South Africa.

Now it is all in one easily-accessible place.

Information on aspects of other home education such as removing a child from school or applying for the admission of a learner to a state school after being home educated is also provided.

The legalities of cottage schools and private learning centres, which are technically beyond the scope of home education, are also included as home educators support the responsibility of parents to choose this form of education for their children if it is in a child's best interests.

Scroll down for an overview of the course contents.

You are welcome to submit any resources for possible inclusion as this is a work in progress.

[Last update: 9 October 2020]

To do so email Shirley Erwee [email protected]


Your Instructor


Shirley Erwee
Shirley Erwee

Shirley Erwee is a homeschooling mother of 6, who has been home educating her own children for over 20 years, since 1997. She is also a curriculum provider, co-author of Footprints On Our Land - South African Homeschool Curriculum, home education activist and consultant. She also runs Online GED Prep and Starting Homeschooling.


Course Curriculum


  International Instruments of Law that Influence Education
Available in days
days after you enroll
  Miscellaneous
Available in days
days after you enroll
  Provincial Home Education Information
Available in days
days after you enroll

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Get started now!