Some stats on home education in South Africa

From Wikipedia

South Africa

Status: Multiple

Homeschooling is legal according to South African national law, but individual provinces have the authority to set their own restrictions.[4]The SA Schools Act requires parents to register their children for education at home. In practice however, most provincial departments do not have the administrative capability to register children for home education. Some of the larger provincial departments have limited administrative capabilities to register children for home education. Unfortunately the officials in those departments have a limited understanding of home education and the law on home education. Due to this, these officials often require parents to meet all sorts of requirements that are not stipulated by the law. As a result of this situation, more than 90% of homeschooling parents do not register with the department.[5]

The South African Home School Curriculum Guide has the following to say:

In South Africa, research done at the University of South Africa (UNISA) by Ms. Dierdre Bester has found that children who receive home education perform much better in academics than their school counterparts and that they are very well adapted socially as well.Her comprehensive research paper is called “The effect of home schooling on the social development and academic performance of the pre-adoscelent”.She also found that there are a lot of positive effects on children who are home educated in that

Home educated children have :

  • · a greater sense of responsibility
  • · a positive self-image
  • · improved self confidence
  • · a positive outlook on life
  • · better time management skills
  • · own opinion formation and better decision making ability
  • · the ability to define and pursue own goals
  • · an independent work attitude

Bester also stated that one must never assume that positive socialization happens in schools – in fact quite the opposite can be true.

Homeschoolers can usually :

  • · relate better than average both horizontally and vertically
  • · take leadership positions often
  • · has positive role models
  • · have the tendency to build quality friendships and
  • · their self image is not dependent on group pressure

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