Mumbai: Even as more and more parents in the city are getting attracted towards the concept of homeschooling, state education minister Vinod Tawde seems to have dampened their enthusiasm by stating that “homeschooling is illegal”.
“As per the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2010 it is illegal. How can you call it education when a student is made to sit at home?” said Tawde on November 23 while speaking to this newspaper. However, parents and activists said the government’s stand is contrary to its own conduct as home-schooled children are allowed to appear for board examination and complete their education.
In homeschooling, the students complete their education at home, which is managed by their parents. From basic lessons, academics to social development of a child, everything is done at home. Many parents are happy to teach their kids at home for their overall well being. Rachel Xavier, a parent from Mulund, whose eight-year-old son is taught at home said that her son does all the things a ‘normal school-going kid does.
“He goes with his friends, plays sports and mingles with friends and relatives. He does everything like other schools, except that he does not go to a regular school. How can the government term it illegal,” Ms Xavier said. Kavita Aggarwal, chairperson of the members of international schools association (MISA) said that there is nothing right or wrong in homeschooling. “It is the parents’ individual choice.