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Gauteng - Skok vir tuisskolers / homeschooling shock

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    ENGLISH BELOW Gauteng jaag tuisskolers die skrik op die lyf Mediaverklaring deur die Pestalozzi Trust – 1 Oktober 2008 Angie Motshekga, LUR vir Onderwys in
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2008
      ENGLISH BELOW

      Gauteng jaag tuisskolers die skrik op die lyf

      Mediaverklaring deur die Pestalozzi Trust – 1 Oktober 2008

      Angie Motshekga, LUR vir Onderwys in Gauteng, wil hê dat alle tuisskolers
      gekwalifiseerde en gesertifiseerde onderwysers moet wees (van wie daar
      daagliks minder in die skole is), dat alle tuisonderwys streng ooreenkomstig
      die gediskrediteerde kurrikulum vir openbare skole moet wees en dat alle
      tuisleerders onderrig moet word aan die hand van leerprogamme wat by die
      Suid-Afrikaanse Kwalifikasie-Owerheid (SAKO) geregistreer is.

      Dit is slegs sommige van die "riglyne en kriteria" wat die LUR op
      tuisskolers in Gauteng wil afdwing volgens 'n Buitengewone Provinsiale
      Koerant waarin die publiek versoek is om teen einde September om kommentaar
      lewer op haar voorstelle.

      Die Pestalozzi Trust het namens sy lede kommentaar ingedien.

      In die algemeen is die Trust baie tevrede met die voorstelle. Dit sal dit
      baie maklik maak om sy lede te verdedig indien hulle weens hul tuisonderwys
      voor die hof gedaag word.

      Dit is omdat die beoogde maatreëls so blatant onbillik en onregverdigbaar
      is, en omdat dit daarom kwalik in die howe afgedwing kan word.

      Byvoorbeeld: Na dekades se navorsing in verskeie lande is daar nog geen
      bewys gevind dat kinders wat tuisonderwys ontvang van ouers wat
      gekwalifiseerde onderwysers is enigsins beter presteer as kinders wat
      tuisonderwys ontvang van ouers wat nie onderwysers is nie (of, trouens, van
      ouers wat self nie Matriek voltooi het nie!)

      Dit is die tweede keer vanjaar dat die owerheid probeer om tuisonderwys hok
      te slaan. In Mei het die nasionale onderwysminister probeer om dit
      onmoontlik te maak vir private kandidate om matriek te skryf. Protes deur
      tuisskolers en ander belanghebbendes het haar oortuig om daardie besluit ten
      minste voorlopig te wysig.

      Die Trust die LUR ingelig dat, as die finale weergawe van die riglyne en
      kriteria 'n nadelige uitwerking op die regte van sy lidgesinne het, die
      Trust die maatreëls onverwyld voor 'n bevoegde hof op hersiening sal neem.

      Desnieteenstaande het die Trust sy aanbod herhaal om hulp te verleen in
      enige bona fide-proses om billike en regverdigbare beleid oor tuisonderwys
      te formuleer.

      Leendert van Oostrum, bestuurder van die Pestalozzi Trust, sê dat
      Suid-Afrikaners dringend aangemeodig moet word om alle alternatiewe
      onderwysopsies te ondersoek te einde die effek van die ineenstorting van die
      staatskole teen te werk.

      Van Oostrum, wat so pas teruggekeer het van 'n internasionale konferensie
      oor tuisonderwys, meld dat staatskoolstelsels hulle wêreldwyd in 'n toestand
      van terminale verval bevind. En die regerings het geen antwoorde nie.

      "Dit is moeilik om te glo, maar ons het op die punt gekom waar die amptenary
      wat 'n werkende onderwysstelsel ten gronde gerig het nou dieselfde strukture
      wat die openbare onderwys verwurg het wil afdwing op die oorblyfsels van
      goeie onderwys in die land", redeneer Van Oostrum: "Ons grondwet en die
      internasionale instrumente van mensregte, soos die VN we Konvensie oor
      Kinderregte, verbied hulle om daardie magte uit te oefen. Hulle roof bloot
      die regmatige gesag van gesinne en die burgerlike samelewing, en ons laat
      dit oogluikend toe!"

      "Dit het tyd geword dat die burgerlike samelewing sy regmatige rol in die
      onderwys terugneem. Progressiewe regerings verstaan dit en moedig juis die
      ontginning van alternatiewe onderwysvorme aan ter wille van die kinders en
      die toekoms", sê Van Oostrum.

      Volledige artikel en bronne by
      http://www.pestalozzi.org/index.php?option=com_content
      <http://www.pestalozzi.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=71&Item
      id=1&lang=af> &task=view&id=71&Itemid=1&lang=af

      Verdere inligting: Leendert van Oostrum +27 12 330 1337








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      Gauteng frightens homeschoolers

      Media statement by the Pestalozzi Trust – 1st October 2008

      Gauteng frightens homeschoolers

      Media statement by the Pestalozzi Trust – 1st October 2008

      Gauteng frightens homeschoolers

      Media statement by the Pestalozzi Trust – 1st October 2008

      Angie Motshekga, MEC for Education in Gauteng, wants all homeschoolers to be
      qualified and certified teachers (of which there are fewer in the schools
      every day), all home education to comply with the discredited national
      curriculum, and all homelearners to follow programmes registered wih the
      South African Qualificaions Authority (SAQA).

      Those are only some of the "guidelines and criteria" the MEC intends to
      impose on homeschoolers in Gauteng, according to a Special Provincial
      Gazette which asks the public to respond by the end of September.

      The Pestalozzi Trust has submitted comments on behalf of its members.

      In general, the Trust is quite pleased with the proposals. They will make it
      very easy for the Trust to defend its members if their home education were
      challenged in court.

      The reason for this is that the proposals are so blatantly unreasonable and
      unjustifiable that they are almost certainly unenforceable in court.

      For example: Decades of research in several countries have failed to find
      any evidence that children who are educated at home by qualified teachers
      perform any beter than children receiving home education from parents who
      have no teacher qualifications (or, for that matter, parents who have not
      even completed their Matric!)

      This is the second government attempt this year to strangle home education.
      In May, the national education minister attempted to make it impossible for
      private candidates to write matric. Protests from home schoolers and others
      persuaded her to reverse that decision, at least for the time being.

      The Trust has informed the MEC that, if the final version of the new
      guidelines and criteria have an adverse effect on the rights of its member
      families, the Trust will take the measures on judicial review.

      However, the Trust also repeated its offer to assist in any bona fide
      process to draft reasonable and justifiable policies on home education.

      Leendert van Oostrum, executive officer of the Trust, says that it is urgent
      that South Africans be encouraged to explore all alternative education
      options to counter the collapse of the government schools.

      Having just returned from an international conference on home education, Van
      Oostrum reports that state school systems world wide find themselves in a
      state of terminal decay. And governments have no anwers.

      "It is inconceivable that we have come to a point where officials who have
      run a working education system into the ground now want to impose the same
      structures that have killed education in the public schools on the surviving
      remnants of good education in the country", he argues: "Our constitution and
      international instruments of human rights such as the UN Convention on the
      Rights of the Child expressly deny them the power to do that. Instead, they
      have usurped the lawful authority of families and civil society, and we just
      let them do it!"

      "The time has come for civil society to reclaim its rightful role in
      education. Progressive governments understand this and encourage alternative
      forms of education for the sake of the children and the future", Van Oostrum
      says.

      Complete article and supporting documents at:
      http://www.pestalozzi.org/index.php?option=com_content
      <http://www.pestalozzi.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=71&Item
      id=1&lang=en> &task=view&id=71&Itemid=1&lang=en

      Further information: Leendert van Oostrum +27 12 330 1337







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