Home-schooling mom taking on Pandor, 24 August 2007, Pretoria News, Cape Town, South Africa
Tina van Deventer, expecting her seventh child in November, the Beweging vir Christelike Volkseie Onderwys (BCVO) [Movement for Christian ‘People’s Own’ (?) Teaching], the CVO School Pretoria and GJJ van Rensburg as applicants issued a court application against Naledi Pandor in the Pretoria High Court on Monday.
Van Deventer, whose children’s ages range between one and eight years, is supported by the Pestalozzi Trust, a legal defence fund for home education.
Trust executive officer Leendert van Oostrum said that as home-schooling parents, the Department of Education required them to register their children, with proof that they are being educated at home.
“But the provinces won’t register the children unless their parents comply with the national curriculum,” he said.
He said if found guilty a parent could face six months in jail or a R10 000 fine [ca. $715] per child.
Van Deventer said that while growing up she went to a private school until her parents decided that home-schooling was a better option. “I was taught by my parents for three years.
“That was in the old South Africa and the government had a court case with my parents. They were given a five-year suspended sentence and I went back to private schooling for three years,” she said.
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