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KUALA LUMPUR, 16 March 2017:
Parents or guardians who wish to undertake home schooling need to apply to be exempted from compulsory education from the Ministry of Education (MoE).
According to the ministry, this is because home schooling is a privilege and not a right.
“Home schooling is implemented in accordance with the Professional Circular No 14, 2002: The implementation of Compulsory Education at Primary Level 2003.
“However, normal schooling remains a priority for children as it is the best way for them to interact with each other,” the ministry said in a written reply to Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (Amanah-Kota Raja) at the Dewan Rakyat today.
Dr Siti Mariah had wanted to know the government’s stance on home schooling in this country.
The ministry also explained that home schooling was basically aimed at giving the children with chronic health problems and required constant care by parents the opportunity to obtain formal education at home.
Besides, it will also ensure that the children would not be left behind in getting compulsory education as enshrined in the Education Act 1996.
“Home schooling also educates the parents to discharge their responsibility to provide education to their children,” the ministry said.
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