Who is responsible for registering a learner with the DBE?
In South Africa, all Grade 1 to 9 children (or 7 to 15 years of age) are considered of compulsory school-going age. Parents/legal guardians are required to register these learners with the Department of Education as of September of the year preceding the start of a new phase. The phases are: Grades 1 to 3 (Foundation Phase), Grades 4 to 6 (Intermediate Phase) and Grades 7 to 9 (Senior Phase). You can do this free registration at the following link: https://www.education.gov.za/Programmes/HomeEducation.aspx
The Bela Bill was passed in October 2023, making Grade R compulsory. The policy on home education has not been updated to reflect this; however, Impaq recommends that guardians of Grade R learners apply to register for homeschooling.
Only the parent/legal guardian may register a learner for home education (homeschooling). Unfortunately, no third party may do this on your behalf.
Please note that Impaq cannot register learners on behalf of the parent/legal guardian. A tutor can also not register a learner as tutors are not considered legal schools. Learners enrolled at the Impaq Online School do not need to be registered with their Provincial Department of Education. A draft policy for online schools is being reviewed by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) at the moment, and as such, online school learners have been granted a concession by the DBE and do not register for homeschooling.
Find more information on registering with your provincial department of education (PED) on our Optimi Learning Portal.
When should I register my child with the DBE for home education/homeschooling?
In South Africa, all Grade 1 to 9 children (or 7 to 15 years of age) are considered of compulsory school-going age. Parents/legal guardians are required to register these learners with the Department of Education as from September of the year ...
Where can I find year plans to support my DBE registration?
Year plans can be downloaded from the Optimi Learning Portal under Resources > General Documents > Where to begin > Year Plans. These year plans will be required for registration with the DBE. For more information regarding registering a learner with ...
How do I register my child with the DBE?
The parent or legal guardian of a learner being home-educated can register his/her child with the relevant Provincial Department of Education by following the steps below. Please note: Online school learners are exempt from registration at the moment ...
Are tutors registered with the DBE?
Tutors are not registered with the DBE and therefore, tutors are also not considered a legal school or legal educational institution. The law currently stipulates that tutors may provide subject-specific assistance to learners. Should a tutor wish to ...
Does Impaq monitor or accredit tutors?
Impaq does not own, manage, monitor or accredit tutors. Tutors registered with Impaq, register to make use of our products and services to support learners registered with Impaq. For Grades 10 to 12, tutors may complete Impaq's invigilator training ...