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emw
22-05-2009, 08:58 AM
Is it legal to homeschool in Malaysia! What sort of paperwork do you have to do with the Min of Education (if any?) Any info greatly appreciated. Ellen

aliciahon
27-05-2009, 07:16 PM
Hi,

I have numerous parents at our centre that actually 'home school' their children or 'semi-home school' as apart from home schooling them, the children actually go for tuition or attend group study at academy or churches etc.

However, you may want to understand what is the legal issues on homeschooling in Malaysia, under the Ministry of Education (MOE).

It is noted that Compulsory Primary Education has been in force since amendments were made to the Education Act 1996 (Act 550), to include Section 29A. In a quick summary, it shows:
(1) Primary education to be compulsory education.

(2) All children at age of six years on the first day of January of the current school year should be enrolled as a pupil in a primary school in that year and remains a pupil in a primary school for the duration of the compulsory education.

(3) HOWEVER, if the Minister considers it desirable and in the interest of the pupils or the public to do exempt any 'pupil' or any 'class of pupils' from the requirement to attend compulsory education, should the 'pupil' or 'class of pupils' be deemed unfit subject to 'conditions'.

(4) A parent who did not enroll the child at age six and the child does not complete primary school education, the parent shall be guilty of an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding five thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both.

How to apply for homeschooling:
- Parent must apply to the MOE should the following three (3) conditions are met:
1. The child in question should be medically certified as unfit (learning disabled) or not suited (high IQ/exceptionally gifted) for conventional schooling
2. The family is constantly travelling abroad
3. The curriculum used must be the National Curriculum in the main, while others could be used as supplement.

All applications may be addressed to:
Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia
Aras 2, Blok E2,
Kompleks Kerajaan Parcel E,
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62604 PUTRAJAYA

For the latest updates, you may wish to log on to www.moe.gov.my

Hope this helps.

For assistance on secondary education for homeschooling children from age 14 onwards, you may wish to visit www.honsbridge.blogspot.com

It is an initiatives set up to prepare students for O level examinations by experienced and qualified teachers and tutors.

Regards,

Alicia

emw
28-05-2009, 08:28 AM
Alicia this looks fantastic. I'll answer your PM!

LMei
11-06-2009, 09:33 AM
You can also find out more info here (http://homeschoolhomefrontier.com) on homeschooling.

The latest article (http://homeschoolhomefrontier.com/2009/wanted-good-teachers) talks about the lowered quality of education and the teachers.

emw
11-06-2009, 10:37 AM
Thanks for this LMei. I've met so many interesting people I'm feeling very blessed! Ellen

monkey01
17-06-2009, 07:44 PM
Out of curiosity, what is the advantage of homeschooling?

LMei
18-06-2009, 09:04 AM
Out of curiosity, what is the advantage of homeschooling?
You can read here (http://homeschoolhomefrontier.com/2009/reasons-to-homeschool) for reasons to homeschool.