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Bermuda tightens control over home schools

Legislators yesterday passed a bill setting the stage for the regulation of home schools and non mainstream education.

The Education Amendment Act 2003 stops well short of enacting Government’s previously announced intentions to mandate educational standards, testing and make random unannounced inspections.

Government said the primary aim was to ensure student safety and that the rights of parents to choose the manner in which they educate their children will be respected.

The bill was criticised by the Opposition United Bermuda Party (UBP) as a “short sighted” amendment and an “election fix” which failed to recognise home schooling as a reasonable option for parents and which contradicts some of the Education Minister’s own commitments. And the party raised the spectre of the possibility of the Minister overregulating a successful movement in education. Read more…

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