Published by SchoolAdvisor on Dec 15, 2020, 07:25 AM
Malaysia is home to a diverse education system, one that makes it challenging for parents in choosing the best education option for their child.
Preconceived notions may be attached with every education system, but it is important to understand what that these systems are widely accepted because of their strengths. For example, a common perception when it comes to Chinese schools is that they are too strict and academic-centric, whereas public schools may be viewed to focus on rote learning and are inflexible in their learning methods. Private and international schools, on the other hand, are often deemed to be highly expensive. Yet, there is a long list of schools for every education system.
Adding to the mix is homeschooling – an option that is officially recognised and offers a new form of flexibility for families.
The benefits of homeschooling
Homeschooling your child provides a wide pool of benefits for you and your child to enjoy. Some of the pros of homeschooling your children include:
Teaching your homeschooled child
There are three main ways to give your child the required education at home. Here are three methods of doing so.
Co-op and learning centres bring children from different families together, thus debunking the popular misconception that homeschooled children are isolated and socially awkward.
How do I know if homeschooling is the right thing for my child?
Homeschooling comes with a set of unique benefits you wouldn’t normally see in an average schooling system. However, every child is different, and what works for one child may not have the same result on another.
It’s therefore advisable to understand what your child’s needs before opting to homeschool. Homeschooling your children is a huge lifestyle change, and you should also take your family’s budget, commitment, and responsibilities into consideration.
Ultimately, it’s important to remember that there is no right or wrong answer if decisions are made in your child’s best interests.
Legalities of homeschooling in Malaysia
The concept of homeschooling is still new in the country can still lead to confusion among many parents.
For example, some of them are concerned that their child may not be able to enter university with a homeschool education.
Fortunately for both parents and students, SPM results are not the only form of qualifications for college. Many homeschool systems use British syllabuses such as Cambridge IGCSE, which is enough to be recognised by an affluent university.
However, the question of legality does come into play. According to Section 29a of the Education Act 1996, primary education is compulsory and every Malaysian parent must ensure their child is enrolled in a primary school when the child is 6 years old.
To ease the concerns of parents, the Homeschool Legal Defence Association sent forth the following excerpt:
“Home schooling is legal (in Malaysia). Although the Education Act of 1996 (Act 550) made primary education compulsory, several home school parents met with the Minister of Education to clarify the effect on homeschoolers.
“The Minister stated that fines for not sending children to school only apply to parents or guardians who neither send their children to school nor educate them in any way at home.
“However, homeschoolers must apply for school exemption from the Ministry of Education, and stringent regulations have developed that often prevent families from obtaining official approval.”
Homeschooling is a significant decision for both your child and you. With proper preparation and research, your child could have the education perfectly tailored for her, in the comfort of your own home.
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