Netherlands: Home schooling to remain an option

Friday 01 April 2011

A majority of MPs has agreed to allow parents the option of schooling their children at home if there is no institution which meets their particular needs within a reasonable distance, taken to mean 20 km.

Education minister Marja van Bijsterveldt told MPs earlier she had serious doubts about home schooling. The briefing was prompted by news that some 100 children who currently attend the Islamic College Amsterdam may be taught at home when the college shuts.

MPs did agree, however, that the supervision of home schooling should be improved.

Some 300 children in the Netherlands are currently taught at home.