- Between 1 July 20010 and 1 July 2011 the number of homeschoolers decreased by 265 students – a 3.9 per cent decrease.
Figure 1: Number of Homeschooling Students 1998-2011
I have had many comments from families concerned about the decrease in the numbers of home educators over the period July 2010 to July 2011. It would seem that it could be related to the number of home educators who are now doing 3 or more papers with the Correspondence School. It would seem that these students are no longer counted as home educators but as being included on the Correspondence School roll.
Here are some of the comments:
Can we find out how many were homeschooling then went to doing 3 subjects at Correspondence school – so not legally homeschooling but still at home studying with their families?
and another this email shows the heart of the matter
Just wondering where these figures come from?When teenagers join the Correspondence School as full time students – we return our exemptions and stop receving the allowance – and are classified as not home schooling. This is simply not true – although I am classed as my daughter’s supervisor now, I am definitely just, if not more involved in her education – including hands on learning – day to day, and every day I ‘teach’, I just don’t get paid for it, or recognised as such.We have just completed our 10th year of homeschooling. The only difference between being at the Correspondence school or not, is that I no longer have to ‘source’ my curriculum, but we spend many many hours ‘supplementing’ and ‘researching’ to fill in the ‘bones’ of the Correspondence School curriculum, I am definitely teaching! G………. is certainly still being home educated!Just wondered if many students were being classed as no longer homeschooling when they join the correspondence school from the MOE’s perspective, and if so, I certainly challenge these figures.Kind regards to your family from ours. May you know the Lord’s continued peace and joy and may this Christmas be very special for you as a family. You are still in our thoughts and prayers.BlessingsP……………Proud to be a homeschooling mum for 10 years!To God be the glory
Between 1 July 2010 and 30 June 2011, 1,106 students commenced homeschooling
Between 1 July 2010 and 30 June 2011, 1,371 students finished homeschooling.
This year the number appears to be larger but we are not really sure where the MoE has made their mistake in their figures.
• 210 students (15.3 %) finished their homeschooling within a year of starting
• 843 students (61.5 %) finished within four years
• 513 students (37.4 %) had been homeschooled for 5 or more years
Did 1566 students or did 1371 students finish homeschooling in 2010/2011 year?
The % figures do not add up either. The MoE has their figures adding up to 114.2%.
I will contact the MoE to see if this can be made clearer.
From the Smiths:
Updated 10 December 2011: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here
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