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Poll: Should parents be assessed before they can homeschool their children?

Some argue that parents should not be as it is a constitutional right.

Image: schoolbook via Shutterstock

A MOTHER-OF-SIX IS facing a short prison sentence for non-payment of a fine after failing to apply to be assessed to homeschool her children.

Parents are constitutionally entitled to do this under Article 42, which states that “the primary and natural educator of the child is the Family”.

However, it also stresses the need for ”a certain minimum education”, while legislation requires an assessment to be carried out of the ‘education that is being, or is proposed to be, provided’.

Monica O’Connor argues that “the fact that you’re assessed for a constitutional right means you can be denied a constitutional right”.

We want to know what you think: Should parents be assessed before they can homeschool their children?


Poll Results:

Yes (5145)
No (678)
I don't know (171)



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