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Jamaica: Parents Planning To Homeschool Must Seek Education Ministry Authorisation

The Ministry of Education is advising parents and guardians who intend to homeschool their children for the 2020/2021 academic year to contact the Ministry before pulling their children from the formal school system.

Speaking at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) 56th annual conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Montego Bay, St James on Wednesday, Portfolio Minister Karl Samuda said parents who desire this alternative option, in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, must get authorisation by sending a formal letter of request to the Ministry.

“Parents who wish to have their children homeschooled for the new school year should write to the regional offices to request that registration at the school be retained and attendance credited for the period of homeschooling,” he informed.

This, he said, will ensure that students can be reintegrated into school “should the decision be taken at a later stage by the parent to re-engage in the public school system.”

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