FAQs - Impaq Education

Home Education and Distance Learning

What is homeschooling, home education or distance learning?

Home education (often mistakenly referred to as homeschooling) is where parents choose to educate their children at home instead of sending them to a traditional public or private school. Families choose to homeschool for a variety of reasons, including:

  • dissatisfaction with the educational options available;
  • different religious beliefs or educational philosophies;
  • sport and/or cultural commitments where the child’s schedule cannot be accommodated by a traditional school;
  • learning challenges; and more.

Section 3 of the South African Schools Act states that school attendance is compulsory for children from the age of 7 up to the age of 15. Homeschool or home education is a legal alternative to traditional public or private schools.

Distance learning applies to learners older than 15, i.e. learners in the FET Phase (Grade 10 to 12). Distance learning is an alternative education option that in Impaq’s instance provides the support, material, and guidance for learners to complete their studies without physically attending a school/educational institution.

Is homeschooling legal?

Yes. Home education is a legally recognised alternative to formal education in South Africa. It was legalised in 1996 and Section 51 of the South African Schools Act states that parents have the option to register their child with the Head of Department of a Provincial Education Department should they wish to educate their child at home. Please refer to our page on Legal Considerations for a summary of the legal aspects surrounding home education.

What is the difference between homeschooling and traditional schools?

Homeschooling provides the flexibility that traditional schools cannot offer. In general, parents decide to homeschool when their child has particular needs that cannot be accommodated within a traditional school such as a busy sports schedule where they cannot attend a traditional school for months on end, or where the learner needs dedicated attention and larger school classes cannot accommodate this.

Will my child be able to migrate back into a mainstream school?

Yes. At Impaq, we follow the CAPS curriculum, which means that our lesson material and educational products adhere to the curriculum directives set out by the Department of Education. Your child can easily migrate back into a mainstream school if the need arises or can finish their Grade 12 with Impaq and achieve the National Senior Certificate – just like if he/she had been attending a public school.

Can homeschooling be done online?

Grade 8 to 12 learners have access to a personalised learning experience in certain subjects via our Guided Learning platform. It includes an online study plan/calendar, unique content compiled by our education specialists and tips for examination preparation. Learners can practise their skills online and watch educational videos.

We’ve also recently launched online webinars to help Grade 12 candidates prepare for examinations and hope to offer more of these informative online sessions in the future.

Is it possible to homeschool my child while working full time?

Due to the flexible nature of homeschooling, it is possible to homeschool your child even if you work full time. Do familiarise yourself with the Legal Considerations for homeschooling before making this decision. You will however have specific dates in the FET phase for writing tests and examinations.

How does Impaq enable me to homeschool or home educate my child?

Impaq’s packages include lesson material (hard copy and e-books); downloadable assessments and support services; facilitator guides (hard copy and e-books) that allow you, as the parent, to educate your child; support and practice; as well as an online administration platform that allows you to capture marks, generate reports and monitor your child’s progress.

What is Impaq’s academic model?

Our lesson material and educational products are based on a distance education learning model. Your child follows an independent learning approach and you, as the parent, are more involved in your child’s education.

Is there an age limit for enrolment or is distance education also available for adults?

There is no age limit to enrol for matric. However, due to changes to the curriculum in 2008, Impaq cannot accept applications for Grade 11 and 12 if the previous grade (Grade 10 and 11, respectively) was completed before 2008. Affected learners may, however, enrol for Grade 10.

Is it possible me as the student to do distance education while working full time?

Due to the flexible nature of distance education, it is possible to complete your studies even if you work full time. You will however have specific dates for writing tests and examinations.

Getting Started

How does one start homeschooling?

If you’ve decided to take the first step in home educating your child, you need to consider your rights as a home education parent, the resources you will be using, and the support you will need. Please refer to our page on Getting Started for more information.

What are the requirements to register for homeschooling?

If you choose to educate your child at home, you would need to apply to the head of your Provincial Education Department (PED) to register your child for homeschooling. The lessons you offer your child must fall within the scope of the following compulsory phases of education:

  • Foundation Phase (Grade 1 to 3).
  • Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 to 6).
  • Senior Phase (Grade 7 to 9).

For more information, please refer to the Department of Basic Education.

Home education only applies to the compulsory schooling phase (from Grade 1 to Grade 9 or age 15, whichever comes first).

Learners in Grade 10, 11 and 12 fall under distance learning and must be registered with an examination board. Examination boards do not register independent candidates. FET learners, therefore, must register with a curriculum provider, who is registered with an examination board. Impaq is registered with SACAI (an examination board registered with Umalusi). Click here to learn more about the FET Phase.

What qualifications do I need to homeschool my child?

There are no prescribed minimum qualifications for you to homeschool your child. Many home education parents enlist the support of tutors, who are often qualified teachers, to supplement their child’s education. You can find a tutor near you on the Impaq website.

Please note: Tutors listed on the Impaq website are independent businesses and are not owned, licensed or affiliated with Impaq.

What books, materials, resources and supplies are required for homeschooling?

Impaq equips you, as the parent, with all the materials needed to be the primary educator. Our packages are built in such a way that you will receive the necessary lesson material, facilitator guides, assessments and more to guide you through the entire learning journey, from Grade R – 12.

Can I choose between printed books and e-books?

Yes, you can. Impaq offers e-books as an option for lesson material for Grade 4 to 9 and facilitator guides are offered in an electronic format for Grade R to 9.

How do I access the e-books I’ve chosen?

You can access your e-books via the my.reader app, available on the iOS App Store, Google Play Store, and the Microsoft Store.

The minimum requirements are:

  • The available RAM on the device should be more than 2GB.
  • For UWP, you require a version of Windows 10 or newer.
  • iOS tablets and mobiles support iOS version 10 – 11.3.
  • Android tablets and mobiles support version 5.1 Lollypop – 8.1 Oreo.

If you have any questions, please send an email to info@impaq.co.za.

When will my e-books for the academic year be available?

E-books are made available in January of the academic year. Instructions on how to download the my.Reader app along with your login details will be sent to you from January. 

Subjects, Grades and Additional Learning Support

Can I complete two grades in one year?

Impaq does not recommend that learners in Grade R to 9 complete two grades in one year. It is, however, allowed. According to policy, Grade 10 to 12 cannot be completed in less than three years.

Can I complete one grade over two years?

Impaq offers two options:

  1. You may complete some subjects in one year and the remaining subjects in the following year (terms and conditions apply). The required number of subjects must be completed to progress to the next grade (pass requirements apply).
  2. In your first year, you can apply for the full package including the books, and in the second year, you can only apply for the assessment package, which doesn’t include the books.
Can I repeat specific subjects after finishing Grade 12, or do I have to redo the whole grade?

If you want to repeat a subject, including the year’s portfolio work (SBA), you may register for the specific subject. You will not be required to redo the entire grade. If you only want to repeat the Final Examination, the previous year’s SBA will apply. Send an email to fet@impaq.co.za for more information.

Can I take additional subjects after completing Grade 12?

You may enrol for two additional subjects after completing the National Senior Certificate. The Grade 10 and 11 materials for the subjects must be acquired and worked through to provide you with an understanding of each subject’s fundamental principles. However, it is not a requirement for you to formally complete Grade 10 and 11 in the applicable subjects through Impaq.

In Grade 10 and 11, can I take less than the prescribed number of subjects?

Yes. However, you will not receive a formal report, only a progress report. To be able to register for the next grade (Grade 11 or 12), you will need to submit evidence of the completion of the seven required subjects in the previous grade.

My child comes from abroad and cannot speak Afrikaans. Can I enrol her at Impaq?

Grade 4 – 9: Learners may not be exempt from a compulsory subject (e.g. a first additional language). For more guidance and exemption options, you are welcome to contact our academic qualification coordination manager info@impaq.co.za

Grade 10 – 12: The learner must take a seventh subject in the place of the First Additional Language (Afrikaans). Enrolment is subject to approval.

Does Impaq provide any additional subject support?

Impaq employs education specialists who can assist with subject queries. There are subject forums on Facebook where learners, parents and tutors can ask for assistance or share valuable information. Impaq also provides additional support and resources through our online platforms. Once you’ve registered as a learner through Impaq, you’ll receive full access to the resources and platforms.

Does Impaq offer a winter school?

A winter school is hosted annually, at an additional cost, by the examination board to help Grade 12 candidates prepare for the Final Examination. More information about the winter school will be sent to candidates closer to the time.

Impaq’s Academic Model

What curriculum will my child follow through Impaq?

Impaq provides a comprehensive set of educational products based on the CAPS curriculum for Grade R to 12 in English and Afrikaans.

Does Impaq’s lesson material differ from a traditional school’s curriculum?

Our lesson material is based on the same Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) followed by most public schools in South Africa. Our products and related solutions are, however, designed to enable individualised learning and are used to educate learners at home.

In which languages will my child be able to study through Impaq?

Learners can choose to study in either English or Afrikaans.

What does homeschooling cost?

The cost for homeschooling depends on the grade of the learner and the package chosen. Impaq’s packages include:

  • downloadable assessments and support services,
  • lesson material (printed and/or e-books),
  • facilitator guides (printed and/or e-books),
  • an online platform to capture marks, generate reports, and monitor your child’s progress, and
  • additional resources for selected grades and subjects through a Guided Learning platform.

In Grade 10 to 12, our packages also include the examination board fees. For more on pricing, please visit Our Offering and choose the appropriate grade to see pricing for the particular grade.

Does Impaq offer the Cambridge curriculum?

No. Our lesson material is based on the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) followed by most public schools in South Africa. Our products and related solutions are, however, designed to enable individualised learning and are used to educate learners at home.

Does Impaq sell books for homeschooling?

Yes, we provide a comprehensive set of educational products based on the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) for Grade R – 12 in English and Afrikaans.

Examinations, Tests and Assessments

What homeschooling examinations are required?

There are no formal examinations for learners in Grade R – 3. The parent/facilitator can assess the learner’s formal assessments. For Grade 4 – 9, the facilitator is deemed a suitable invigilator. All Grade 10 – 12 examinations must be written at an approved invigilator (commissioner of oath, assessor, qualified teacher or tutor using Impaq’s products and services). It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to nominate and pay for an invigilator.

Where should my child complete his/her examinations?

Grade 4 – 9: The facilitator is deemed a suitable invigilator and the examination may be written at the place of tuition. Suitable invigilators include:

  • Parents (home education learners)
  • Teachers/Facilitators
  • Other qualified persons

Grade 10 – 12: All examinations (June, November and Preliminary Examination – excluding the Grade 12 Final Examination) must be written at an approved invigilator (commissioner of oath, assessor, qualified teacher or tutor using Impaq’s products and services) and may be written at the place of tuition. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to nominate and pay for an invigilator.

The Grade 12 Final Examination must be written at a registered examination centre. Examination centres are generally established based on the concentration of candidates per geographical area. Candidates are allocated to a registered examination centre based on their physical address. Examination centres differ yearly and might not be in your preferred area.

May I write my tests and examinations when it suits me?

During the academic year, tests must be written according to a test period timetable. The marks for tests must be captured on my.Impaq (the online platform made available to you once your child is registered) according to the scheduled time period while the tests for Grade 12 should be submitted to Impaq for marking according to the scheduled submission due dates.

The due dates for the Grade 10 to 12 June, Preliminary and Final Examination are set and must be strictly adhered to.

Who marks my tests and examinations?

Grade R – 3: Learners do not write any tests or examinations. They only do formal assessments, which can be marked by the parent/facilitator.

Grade 4 – 9: The facilitator is allowed to mark the answer sheets and submit the marks through my.Impaq (the online platform made available to you once your child is registered). Memorandums are made available electronically with the question papers.

Grade 10 – 11: Tests can be marked by Impaq or the approved invigilator. All examinations must be sent to Impaq (electronically or manually) for marking on the prescribed due dates. There are no additional costs involved for the marking of assignments, tests or examinations. Impaq maintains the right to request the submission of assessment components for internal marking or moderation.

Grade 12: Impaq marks all the School Based Assessment (SBA) portfolio work (this includes all tasks and tests, as well as the June and Preliminary Examination) unless explicitly stated otherwise. The Grade 12 Final Examination is marked by the external examination board, SACAI, and is moderated by Umalusi.

Does Impaq offer past papers?

Yes. In the FET Phase, our education specialists will usually upload selected previous year’s examination papers on my.Impaq and the Guided Learning Platform (the online platforms made available to you once your child is registered).

Obtaining Your Matric (Grade 12) Through Impaq

What qualification will I receive if I successfully complete Grade 12 through Impaq?

Candidates who successfully complete their Grade 12 year with Impaq and comply with the relevant assessment and other related requirements will receive the National Senior Certificate (NSC) from Umalusi.

Is the Grade 12 certificate accredited?

Yes, the Final Examination is managed by an external examination board, SACAI, which is accredited by Umalusi. All National Senior Certificates are certified and issued by Umalusi.

Will I be able to go to university if I study through Impaq?

Yes*. To study at university level, you are required to take the correct combination of subjects. Please check the admission requirements of your university of choice to ensure that you take the correct subject combinations.

* Please also refer to the Grade 10 – 12 Critical Enrolment Information for important aspects regarding the FET phase.

Tutors

Can I register my child with a tutor?

Yes, many home education parents enlist the support of tutors, who are often qualified teachers, to supplement their child’s education. Impaq serves a large network of tutors listed on our website.

Please note: Tutors listed on the Impaq website are independent businesses and are not owned, licensed or affiliated with Impaq.

Does Impaq offer homeschooling tutors?

Impaq offers a listing service for tutors across the country. We provide this listing as a service to parents who want to enlist the assistance of a tutor in their local community that makes use of Impaq's products and services. To see a list of tutors, please click here.

Please note: Tutors listed on the Impaq website are independent businesses and are not owned, licensed or affiliated with Impaq.

You can also find a qualified and affordable tutor at the tap of a button with Tuta-Me’s on-demand tutoring service. Tuta-Me is part of the Optimi Group and is the perfect solution for bringing learners and tutors together! To learn more, visit www.tuta-me.com.

Where can I find a tutor?

Impaq offers a listing service for tutors across the country. We provide this listing as a service to parents who want to enlist the assistance of a tutor in their local community that makes use of Impaq's products and services. To see a list of tutors, please click here.

Please note: Tutors listed on the Impaq website are independent businesses and are not owned, licensed or affiliated with Impaq.

You can also find a qualified and affordable tutor at the tap of a button with Tuta-Me’s on-demand tutoring service. Tuta-Me is part of the FutureLearn Group and is the perfect solution for bringing learners and tutors together! To learn more, visit www.tuta-me.com.

Children with Special Needs

My child suffers from dyscalculia. Can he enrol without Mathematics?

Grade R to 9 learners may not be exempt from a compulsory subject (e.g. Mathematics) and must present the subject. For more guidance and exemption options, you are welcome to contact our academic qualification coordination manager at assessment@impaq.co.za.

Grade 10 to 12 learners with an approved special accommodation for dyscalculia (exemption from Mathematics) can take a seventh subject in the place of Mathematics. The learner must apply for special accommodations and exemptions before enrolling with Impaq. For more information, send an email to assessment@impaq.co.za.

Does Impaq offer readers and scribes to learners with learning barriers?

Impaq regularly offers training programmes that are aimed at teaching individuals how to fulfil the vital role of a reader and/or scribe for learners with special learning needs during assessment events. For any enquiries, please send an email to assessment@impaq.co.za.

Can my special needs child study through Impaq?

Yes, the flexible nature of our distance education learning model will allow your child to study at his/her own pace and spend more time on difficult subjects. Keep in mind, however, that our lesson material is based on the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) followed by most public schools in South Africa and is not specifically designed for special needs learners.

Socialising

Does Impaq offer any socialisation or collaboration opportunities for home education learners?

Impaq offers educational support groups in certain subjects that have proven to be an immense resource to parents and learners. Links to these Facebook groups will be sent to you upon registration.

Does Impaq organise a matric farewell?

Yes. A glamorous event is held in both Gauteng and the Western Cape (depending on the number of candidates) each year.

General

When will I receive the books I've ordered or when can I collect my order?

Impaq upgrades the content of their books every year and makes changes where necessary. For this reason, not all books are sent out on the day you register. As books and lesson material becomes available per grade, we'll update the schedule below to keep you informed. Impaq books are delivered via Aramex. You will receive communication as soon as your parcel is ready for collection or on its way, depending on the option you selected during registration. Please do not expect delivery or attempt to collect before you've received relevant communication from Impaq.

The last parcels for the year will be sent to Aramex, on the 9th of December 2019. Packages distributed in January will go out from the 2nd of January 2020.

For some subjects, not all books are available as yet. As the stock is received, packages will be sent out.

Availability of books per grade

Grade R (Available)
Grade 1 (Available)
Grade 2 (Available)
Grade 3 (Available)
Grade 4 (Available)
Grade 5 (1st parcel is available, 2nd parcel - with Mathematics and Social Sciences - to be sent in January 2020)
Grade 6 (Available)
Grade 7 (Available)
Grade 8 (Available)
Grade 9 (4 December)
Grade 10 (Available to most learners. Books for learners with Mathematics and Life Sciences will be available in December)
Grade 11 (Available to most learners. Books for learners with Mathematics will be available in December)
Grade 12 (Available)

Do I need to pay in full or does Impaq offer a monthly instalment option?

Impaq offers clients the option to pay in full or to pay a monthly instalment.

Clients opting to pay in full will receive a discount of 10% on the full package.

Monthly instalments can be paid via credit card, EFT, bank deposit or debit order. The first instalment is due at the end of the month of registration and the last instalment is due in October of the academic year. Please consult your quotation for deposit amounts and the estimated monthly repayments.

Clients can choose either the 25th or the 1st of the month for debit order deductions.