Resist Attempts to Hijack Home Education

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“The price of liberty

is eternal vigilance.”

Silence is construed as consent.

“All that is necessary for evil

to triumph is for good people

to do nothing.”

Threat to Our Children

The outrageous Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill (The BELA Bill) is potentially the most dangerous threat to parental authority and responsibility for educating their children ever devised in South Africa.

The Department of Basic Education is proposing an Amendment Bill which would strip School Governing Bodies of many of their most important powers, enabling political appointee bureaucrats to overrule parents and School Governing Bodies on language of instruction, teaching appointments and pupil admissions.

War Against the Children

Home education parents who do not register their children could face prosecution. All education service providers would need to be accredited by a state agency such as SAQA and Umalusi! The fact that most state schools are “dysfunctional” by their own admission, does not seem to concern the drafters of this draconian BELA Bill, who now propose to greatly increase costs for all parents and even for taxpayers who do not have children of school-going age, with crushing, intrusive interference and onerous requirements. The proposed BELA Bill would require parents to pay for state assessors to evaluate your child, every year, at your own cost!

Time-Wasting Interference

It is outrageous that South Africa’s 2,500 private schools have already been increasingly harassed with time-wasting and expensive accreditation, teaching and facilities assessments from the Department of Education and that Bible Colleges that neither wanted, nor needed, accreditation with SAQA have had to pay tens-of-thousands of Rands to SAQA to have their certificates and diplomas not approved! Many Bible Colleges and Mission Colleges have been ordered to shut down for not complying with state instructions and ever-changing requirements.

Violations of Constitution

The Constitution guarantees freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and freedom of association. These freedoms are violated by the intrusive, time-consuming and money-wasting demands of SAQA, Umalusi and now by the proposed BELA Bill. These proposed laws are unnecessary, unworkable and unconstitutional.

Unnecessary, Unworkable

and Unconstitutional

It is essential that parents and tax payers remind government that their primary responsibilities are to curb crime, deal with pollution, clean up litter, stop deforestation and eradicate arson, all of which is leading to catastrophic drought and critical water shortages, affecting us all.

Civil Servants Should Serve

Politicians should be reminded that they are meant to be civil servants, protecting citizens and taxpayers, not harassing and complicating our lives with evermore intrusive, expensive and unworkable red tape!

Wide Gates to Hell

“I am much afraid that schools will prove to be wide gates to hell, unless they diligently labour in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youths. I would advise no one to send his child where the Holy Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution which men are not constantly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.”

- Martin Luther

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1

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