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Home schooling on the rise

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Home schooling on the rise

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Home schooling is on the rise in Barbados and the Ministry of Education will be carrying out investigations to ensure that it is being done in the correct manner.
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harry Husbands said that from informal discussions with officials at the ministry, he has gathered that there was an increasing number of parents who have opted for to teach their children an academic curriculum at home instead of sending them out to a public or private school.
He also said that more people were inquiring about this mode of education.
Speaking to the media today after touring Wills Primary School, Husbands said that while he intended to look into the growing trend, as it presented the ministry with the challenge of additional responsibilities.
“If that is the option that is wanted by an increasing number of parents, so be it,”?he said. “All they have to do is do the necessary work and so on so that the children don’t end up suffering.” 
Husbands said that home schooling should follow stipulated procedures, after the initial permission had been granted by the Ministry. (AH)