Australian homeschoolers in the state of Victoria are facing stricter regulations in an education crackdown from Education Minister James Merlino.
Under the new homeschooling policy, 1 in 10 homeschooling families will be targeted for audits and parents will now have to submit reports proving they are meeting Australia’s education requirements.
These changes are part of broader modifications being made to the regulations which will be presented before Parliament in upcoming weeks.
Susan Wight, the coordinator of the Home Education Network, said the changes are hostile towards homeschoolers and insulting. Homeschooling groups were not consulted about the changes and were left in the dark.
There are 3006 homeschooling families in Victoria which account for 4745 homeschooled students who will be affected by this change in policy. Homeschooling numbers are up from 2071 families and 2582 students in 2014.
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Source: The Age