School Registration In South Africa

What is a School?

A school is both an educational institution and a building designed to provide learning spaces and learning environments for the teaching of students under the direction of teachers. 

School Registration In South Africa

a) do not discriminate on the basis of race;
b) are registered with the state;
c) maintain standards that are not inferior to standards at comparable public educational institutions.

Provincial education departments (PEDs) are responsible for registering independent schools in their province. PEDs also have the responsibility to monitor independent schools to ensure the effective implementation of teaching and learning programs and the achievement of outcomes and standards of the National Curriculum Statement

Independent schools have to operate within the confines of the Constitution and national and provincial legislation. However, critical to their independence is freedom.

Where can I check if a school is registered in South Africa?

Parents can find a list of registered schools on the department website ( “Also note that learners who attend illegally operating schools are not certified,” says Mabona.

With a private school, parents may interact or verify with the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (Isasa).

How long does it take to register a school in South Africa?

It may take up to six months to register your institution.