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India Homeschooling

Alternative Education in India
It was suggested to us in India that we could encourage parents who are seriously dissatisfied with their children’s schooling to consider the option of home educating. Thus I have circulated an article (shown below), initiated this web page, and started a mailing list so that those interested and concerned in this matter can communicate with each other. Clive Elwell.

Arohi Home Schooling
Network of Bangalore families. Aarohi is a community of self directed learners – Children who decide what they want to learn, how they want to learn, when they want to learn and who use self assessment. We do not follow any philosophy, we follow the child.

FFE Mumbai Homeschoolers Group
FFE Mumbai Homeschoolers Group aims at providing a platform for all homeschoolers in Mumbai to come together and learn from each other’s experience.

Homeschooling in India – Legal Issues
This is a page I am trying to create to gather links related to current legal issues and Indian government view as regards to Alternative schools / Home schooling / Alternative education. Mostly it will be links to articles I have put on my blog and maybe some others.

Homeschooling in India – The Starting Point
Though we had different experiences of school life, the moment we heard about homeschooling both of us loved the concept and immediately decided that we would want to homeschool our children. We were not really clear on how to move forward so we spent researching and learning more about it from friends, books and internet.

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Indian Association of Homeschoolers
A larger community of homeschoolers in Mumbai and also across the nation.

India Group for Homeschoolers & Alternative Education
This Facebook group is for people keen on alternative education concepts like Homeschooling in India.

Is homeschooling legal in India?
The act that makes education “free and compulsory” without any awareness of the inherent contradiction fails to mention any specific consequence for parents who don’t send children to school, even as it makes it mandatory for every child between the ages of 7 and 14 to attend school. This has been further compounded by efforts of parents to seek clarifications or petition for amendments to legitimize homeschooling. There has been no success in getting the government to recognize homeschooling.

No kidding we don’t go to school
Deepa also gets support from other homeschooling parents in Bangalore, numbering nearly 25. “We often meet during weekends and share our ideas. This is great as it helps us to do a course correction or experiment even more,” says Deepa.

Plea dismissed, but homeschooling still a grey area
Mon May 31 2010. Now, with the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, which stipulates eight years of formal education for all children, parents in favour of homeschooling are confused about whether the Act has scope for the mode of education.

We don’t need no education
Last year, 12-year old Shreya Sahai dropped out of class and decided to be homeschooled. Not unusual. But she hit a roadblock with The Right to Education Act (RTE) stipulating formal schooling for eight years.

What is the Right to Education Act?
The RTE Act provides for the right of children to free and compulsory education till completion of elementary education in a neighbourhood school.

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