When you ask a parent about “homeschooling”, you will get mixed responses. Some believe that it is simply tutoring one’s child at home and not a viable way to help children grow, while others see it as a great alternative to traditional education.
Like traditional schooling, homeschooling has its pros and cons, with most parents unable to take it seriously because of its misconceptions.
If you are looking into homeschooling for your child, here are the top 5 misconceptions about homeschooling and its facts.
Students Are Not Recognised Academically
Licensed homeschools in the country follow syllabuses recognized by the Ministry of Education, such as the IGCSE and the National Curriculum. Once they complete their studies, their certificates will be identified by local and international schools if they wish to continue their studies in traditional schools or work.
Homeschooling Is For Kids With Special Needs
Homeschooling does not only help children with special needs, but it can also help other children. In homeschooling, the child’s lessons are tailored to suit their personality and capabilities, and parents can add additional education to supplement the main curriculum their child is following.
It Is Legal in Malaysia?
Contrary to popular belief, homeschooling is legal in Malaysia under the Education Act of 1996, Act 550. While this specific line said primary education is compulsory, the Minister of Education clarified that homeschooling is permitted. Those who will not send their children to school or educate them in any fashion at home will be the ones who will face the fines listed under the provision.
The provision also indicates the three conditions a child must pass to be qualified for homeschooling, and they are:
- The child is medically certified as unfit to learn or not suited under conventional schooling.
- The child is often abroad with family.
- The curriculum they will use for homeschooling must follow the National Curriculum, while the secondary curriculum they will have is a supplement.
If the child qualifies, the parent must send their application to the MOE to recognize the child’s progress.
There is No Community Support
Since Malaysia now has a growing community of homeschools, you will be able to find homeschooling support groups online to help you and your child adjust to the system and share tips and relevant information about homeschooling. These groups also regularly schedule group events for children to meet and learn real-life concepts and lecture together.
Zero Social Interactions for Homeschooled Kids
Most experts say that homeschooled children have fewer chances of building social interactions with their peers than those learning in school. But, there are homeschool centers and co-ops around the country, allowing homeschooled children to be guided by teachers and be with their peers. They can also use social media or meet their fellow homeschool peers or go to community centers.
As a parent, our child’s education is a decision that can’t be rushed or done out of whim. Each education system has its pros and cons and offers a different experience for your child. Make sure to do extensive research about the education systems available and see which one will help your child grow and be happy.
If you think homeschooling is the system that will help your child grow, rest assured that it is an education system recognized by the government, and if done well, it can release your child’s potential.
Come and follow me through my homeschooling days with my little one. Happy to answer any homeschooling questions!
by: Kally Tay