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Q:

Is homeschooling legal in Trinidad and Tobago?


 

A:

We believe that the constitution of Trinidad & Tobago provides for homeschooling in that it gives the parent the right to provide a school of his own choice for the education of the child or ward. Refer to the constitution chapter 1, part 1, 4 (f). 


 

CHAPTER 1 - THE RECOGNITION AND PROTECTION OF FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS, PART I - RIGHTS ENSHRINED

“It is hereby recognised and declared that in Trinidad and

Tobago there have existed and shall continue to exist, without

discrimination by reason of race, origin, colour, religion or sex,

the following fundamental human rights and freedoms, namely:

(f) the right of a parent or guardian to provide a

school of his own choice for the education of his

child or ward.”


 

Q:

Do I have to get permission from the Ministry of Education (MOE) to homeschool my child?


 

A:

Currently there is no requirement to inform or register with the Ministry of Education


 

Q:

Do I need to inform the MOE if I am removing my children from public school to homeschool them?


 

A:

Yes. Whenever removing a child from a public school you must inform the school in writing stating your reasons why.


 

Q:

Is there information that can help me choose a homeschooling curriculum for my child?


 

A:

There are several options available out of the USA that range from systems that come with teacher manuals and student workbooks to those that are computer based with online tutorials.  The options can be easily identified by doing a search online.


 

Q:

Can anyone homeschool? I would like to homeschool but I do not have tertiary level education.


 

A:

If you have successfully completed Secondary school you will be able to work through the curriculum options that come with teacher manuals, lesson plans, activities, experiments, tests and answers. The most important qualification is a commitment to the daily requirements.
 

Q:

Can I hire someone to homeschool my children?


 

A:

Homeschooling also called home education is the education of children at home typically by parents or tutors rather than in a public or private school. In this regard, hiring a tutor is an option.


 

Q:

My children are different ages, can I homeschool them all?
 

A:

It takes some planning but yes you can. Home educators have been doing it for many years.


 

Q:

If I choose to homeschool my child throughout primary school how can I transition him/her into secondary school?


 

A:

Enrol your child to sit SEA with the MOE which has to be done at the beginning of standard four to cater for Continuous Assessment Component of SEA. If you choose to send your child to a private secondary school you will not have to register with the MOE.
 

Q:

Has the Ministry of Education made provision for home-schooled children to do the CAC component of SEA?


 

A:

Yes. Contact the MOE and they will enlist you to participate in the CAC of SEA. When the time is due you will also have to sign up your child to do the SEA.