Admissions: How do I get a school for my child?
As stipulated in the South African Schools Act of 1996, all children between the ages of 7 and 15 are compelled to attend school. Parents and guardians should ensure that all learners of this age are registered to go to school and that their children attend school regularly.
It is the responsibility of every parent and guardian to ensure that their children are registered for the following year, well before the end of the current school year. Parents may register children who are supposed to start school next year, near their home or workplace between July and October of each year. It is however important to check the registration deadlines of individual provinces. Read more...
Curriculum: What is my child being taught in the classroom?
The National Curriculum Statement Grades R – 12 is the formal curriculum in South African schools. This curriculum gives expression to the knowledge, skills and values worth learning in South African schools. It aims to ensure that children acquire and apply knowledge and skills in ways that are meaningful to their own lives. In this regard, the curriculum promotes knowledge in local contexts, while being sensitive to global imperatives. Read more...
Assessment: How is my child's progress being assessed?
Assessment is a process of collecting, analysing and interpreting information to assist teachers, parents and other stakeholders in making decisions about the progress of learners. Classroom assessment should provide an indication of learner achievement in the most effective and efficient manner by ensuring that adequate evidence of achievement is collected using various forms of assessment. The intention of this document is to regulate how evidence of learner performance is recorded and reported. Read more...
Inclusive education: How are my child's special needs being catered for?
On 19 December 2014 Minister Motshekga approved the Policy on Screening, Identification, Assessment and Support (SIAS). The Policy has been developed over a period of ten years through a rigorous process of field testing and consultation. It aims at ensuring that all children of school-going age who experience barriers to learning, including those who are disabled, will be able to access inclusive, quality, free, primary and secondary education on an equal basis with other young people in the communities in which they live. Read more...
School fees: Why do I need to pay school fees?
A school fee is an agreed amount of money that parents pay to schools, aimed at improving the quality of education of learners.According to SASA all SGBs of public schools must supplement government funding, by charging school fees and doing other reasonable forms of fund-raising. The right not to charge school fees will be limited to the schools that have been declared 'no fee schools'. Parents who cannot afford to pay school fees must apply to the SGB for conditional,partial or full exemption from paying school fees. Read more...
Home education: I prefer to teach my child at home; how do I go about it?
Do you prefer to teach your child at home? If so, apply to the head of your Provincial Education Department to register your child for Home Education. Home Education is a programme alternative to attending public or independent schools where a parent of a learner of compulsory school going age may provide education for his/her own child/ren at home. Read more…
FET Phase: How do I help my child select the correct subjects for his intended career?
The subject choice at the end of Grade 9 could determine the field of study learners can follow once they complete school. In other words, if learners do not select the correct combination of subjects, they could find themselves unable to enter into certain higher or further education programmes. Parents are encouraged to discuss the various options with their child to ensure the appropriate subject choices are made. Parents can assist their children to make subject choices depending on what the child is interested in doing or the kind of career the child may be considering. Read more…
Health and nutrition: How does the government assist in keeping my child healthy and safe?
Through its health promotion programmes, the Department aims to create a healthy school environment by promoting the general health and wellbeing of learners and educators, and by addressing key health and social barriers to learning in order to promote effective teaching and learning.
Through the National School Nutrition Programme, the Department aims to enhance the learning capacity of learners through the provision of a healthy meal at schools. Where it is implemented, the programme has shown to improve punctuality, regular school attendance, concentration and the general wellbeing of participating learners. Whilst learners are being provided with nutritious meals, they are also taught to establish and maintain good eating and lifestyle habits for life.
The Department of Basic Education takes school safety very seriously and as an apex priority the department has put in place various policies and measures to ensure the safety of all learners, educators and relevant stakeholders in schools. The Department reiterates that there is no place for violence, drug-use/abuse, sexual harassment and other criminal acts in schools as it poses a serious barrier to learning.
Playing my part: How can I play a role in my child's education?
Parents and schools need to work together to educate their children, helping them to develop into young adults who are confident, successful and are able to contribute to the growth of the country. Parents, regardless of the level of education or income, race, ethnicity or religion have the responsibility to be involved in their children’s education. If parents are actively involved in their children’s education, teaching and learning at school can be optimised. Some of the ways that parents can support their children’s learning at home and throughout the school year are as follows:
- Teach their children discipline and routine;
- Develop a partnership with their children’s teacher, staff and the school;
- Understand their children’s academic demands;
- Get involved with their children’s school; and
- Develop a positive relationship with their children.
Download and read these Practical Guidelines on how parents can contribute meaningfully to the success of their children in schools