Thursday 22 October, 2020

More homeschooling issues within the Ministry of Education

(File Photo)

(File Photo)

The Ministry of Education has been accused, yet again, of dropping the ball in processing a parent's application to homeschool her two children, in what appears to be a case of numerous mixups and miscommunications within the government department. 

Last month, mother and member of the African Heritage Foundation (AHF), Stacia Norgrove took issue with what she described as lollygagging by the Ministry in processing her application to homeschool after she submitted two applications and still received no official word.  

She had submitted the application from as early as February and was forced to resubmit after the Ministry claimed they had lost her application. She was finally successful, receiving the official go-ahead in September.  

According to the AHF, the Ministry dispatched an officer, accompanied by police to the residence of the mother on Monday in relation to her not sending her two children back to school at the start of the this term. 

Norgrove had been instructed by the Ministry to inform the various schools her children attended that permission had been given to homeschool and she was told to return to collect the official letter after it had been typed up.  

Despite these instructions, Norgrove was told her children’s names could not be removed from the schools’ register until the official letter from the Ministry was brought in, even after the school had verified the mother’s claim that homeschooling permission had been granted.  

“It would seem that the left hand of the MOE is not aware of what the right hand is doing. The mother was not home at the time the officer and police arrived. Her partner and father of the children was home to speak with the officer of the MOE and police. He told his partner on her return home that the officer from the MOE spoke to him in a very disrespectful and demeaning manner.” 

The AHF noted this was the second parent who has reported being treated in a disrespectful manner by officials of the Ministry of Education. 

The AHF will be requesting a meeting with the Chief Education Officer to address this and other homeschooling issues. 


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