Guidelines for Home Education | Western Cape Government

Guidelines for Home Education


The WCED checks that learners who are registered for home education are completing work that is consistent with the curriculum and that they are being assessed and are achieving the outcomes required of the particular grade.

To ensure that learners are achieving the required results, the parent needs to:

  • Keep certain records
  • Appoint an independent assessor
Keeping records

After the learner has been registered for home education, the parent must:

  • Keep a record of attendance.
  • Keep a portfolio of the learner's work.
  • Maintain up-to-date records of the learner's progress.
  • Keep a portfolio of the educational support given to the learner.
  • Keep evidence of the continuous assessment of the learner's work.
  • Keep evidence of the assessment and/or examinations at the end of each year.
  • Keep evidence at the end of Grades 3, 6 and 9 showing whether or not the outcomes for these grades have been achieved.

These records must be made available for inspection by the WCED. All relevant assessment results must be kept for three years.

Independent Assessment

At the end of every phase, the parents must appoint, at their own expense, an independent, suitably qualified person, who is approved by the Head of Department, to assess the learner's progress at the end of that phase.

A parent can approach a public school or a registered independent school for help in finding an appropriate person. The assessor must submit a statement to the Head of Department confirming that the learner has reached the required level.


For more information, contact:

Mr DD Louw
Tel: 021 467 2653

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Government Body: (Western Cape Education Department, Western Cape Government)
The content on this page was last updated on 16 August 2021
(Western Cape Education Department, Western Cape Government)