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The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) recently issued a proposed policy that will force homeschooling parents to include the State curriculum as a minimum requirement in their homeschooling curriculum. This effectively removes the freedom of parents to choose a curriculum that is in the best interest of their child (as contemplated by article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights).

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What this means, is that homeschooling parents will be forced to teach and promote the secular, liberal values that permeate the entire State curriculum, for e.g. by exposing their child, through teaching and participation, to the spiritual practices of other religions. Parents will further be forced to promote early autonomy of the child over his/her sexual choices. In terms of the policy, homeschooling may not unfairly discriminate or be intolerant towards other religions, and parents will be monitored by the State to ensure compliance. Those who fail to comply, will no longer be able to homeschool.

 

The policy has since been withdrawn by the WCED, following a public outcry by homeschoolers and organisations promoting Christian-Judeo and family values. All indications are however that similar proposals will surface again – if not from provincial, then from national government.

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WCED Homeschooling Policy – Draft 8

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) recently issued a draft policy that will impose the State curriculum as a minimum requirement on parents that homeschool their children. Following a public outcry, the policy has for now been withdrawn by the WCED. Draft...

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