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.

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. The lesson you offer your child must fall within the scope of the following compulsory phases of education:

What records do I have to keep?

After  your child has been registered for Home Education you must keep the following:-

  • record  of attendance
  • portfolio of the child’s work
  • up- to- date records of the child’s progress
  • portfolio of the educational support given to the child
  • evidence of the continuous assessment of the child’s work
  • evidence of the assessment and or examination at the end of each year
  • evidence at the end of grade 3,6 and 9, that shows whether your child has achieved the outcomes for these grades
What you should do

Apply to the head of your Provincial Education Department and take the following documents with you:

  • your (parent/s) Identity Document and a certified copy of the ID
  • last copy of school report (if the child was in school before, but if the child is only starting school now you must bring an immunisation card)
  • weekly timetable which includes contact time per day
  • breakdown of terms per year (196 days per year)
  • learning programme
  • certified copy of child’s birth certificate


It may take up to 30 days for your applications to be processed.

How much does it cost?

The service is free.

Forms to complete

The application forms can be obtained from any Provincial Education Department.

Know your Home Education Co-ordinators



Telephone Number


Ms Chaane

012 357 4105

Eastern Cape

Mr Spies

041 995 4166

Free State

Mr Grobler

051 404 4183


Ms Motshwane

011 355 0631


Mr Kheswa

038 348 6000


Ms Baloyi

015 290 9373


Dr Pieterse

013 766 5875

Northern Cape

Mr Mhlom

053 839 6356

North West

Dr Phorabatho

018 389 8044

Western Cape

Mr Louw

021 467 2653

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