Topics:  home schooling, state government

More opt to school children in the home

Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek
Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek Dave Noonan The Chronicle

HOME education in Queensland has almost doubled in the past four years with more parents in regional and remote areas choosing to keep their school-age children close to home.

Gympie has one of the highest registrations for home-schooling in the state with 41 registrations logged with the State Government - an increase of 46% since 2008.

Toowoomba is not far behind with 38 families choosing to educate their students at home in 2012 and there are three in Warwick.

A majority of the home-schoolers in the Darling Downs town are seven or eight years old.

Parents can employ a registered teacher to formulate and carry out an educational program for their children, which can include after-school activities such as sport and scouts.

Overall, Queensland has seen the number of registered home education programs jump from 495 in 2008 to 951 in 2012.

Generally, home education across the state involves young children between six and 10 years of age.

Unregistered home-schooling can lead to prosecution in Queensland after legislation was introduced in 2006 requiring parents to register their arrangements with the Education Department.

Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek this week attributed the legislation to fostering the rise in home-school registrations.

"A greater public awareness of this legislation, combined with population growth, is the most likely reasons why there's been an increase in the number of students registered for home education," he said.



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