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Homeschooling in Malaysia

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Examine child behavior/needs

I may not be a psychology expert, but children may hate school for a number of reasons. Before you think about homeschooling them, examine their behavior. If a child says that they can't cope with their classmates or teachers, see if the problem is fixable. Maybe he or she had a fight with a couple of students or a teacher might be too harsh on him or her. If that's the case, talking with the class teacher might remedy the solution. However, if the child, in question, seems a bit introverted, it's best to examine them for Autism. Autism may be a psychological disorder, however, it can also be treated with social therapy instead of medication.

Another behavioral issue that might cause children to fear school is laziness. School might seem tiresome for some students. Some children are just plain lazy. They only want to blissfully spend their time. However, in the eyes of some children school may seem unnecessary. Afterall, homework is mandatory, not optional. This provides more workload to students without any benefit if they already well-versed in the homework's subject. If, their intelligence might be already ahead of their class. There is a way to skip grades in Malaysia.


Homeschooling through IGCSE/SAT

Before delving into this method. I'd like to warn that this method is a bit expensive.

IGCSE is an International Secondary School Examination. It's like SPM, but for the entire world. The syllabus, however, is different from SPM. Both are difficult but have different topics. IGCSE is a bit expensive with a subject price ranging from RM700 to RM900. They have all our core subjects expect our localized History and Moral Education. In case your wondering, they do have Malay.

To begin IGCSE, you should first study for the subjects. For Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Maths, I'd recommend Learnerscloud. They have helpful videos. For English and Malay, our ITTV should suffice. School officials recommend a period of 2 years of studying before taking the exam. However, if your child already scores high marks, then a period of even 6 to 9 months should be enough. However, let your child decide on the duration. He/She might need more/less time to study. After that, register for the exam at either Cambridge or Sri Emas Petaling Jaya. Registrations start on Jan or June. After registration, you'll have to take the exams on the exam dates. Your certificate will be given 3 to 5 months after the examination period. After this, you can register at a university or college with your grades.

Another way to homeschool is to appear for the SAT's. The SAT is an American test, which is equivalent to the UK's A-Level or Malaysia's STPM. This means once your child passes his/her test, she could apply to a local university for a Bachelor's degree. The procedure of homeschooling through the SAT is similar to IGCSE. You let your child take his/her time to study for the test. After he/she feels like he/she is ready to take the test, you register them in one of the SAT centers in Malaysia. One center is INTI International College Subang.

Unlike IGCSE, the SAT has a wider array of tutorial videos online. The website I recommend to take a look at is the Khan Academy. There are also private tutors available for the SAT in Malaysia.


Homeschooling through SPM

SPM is the least expensive method of homeschooling. However, you cannot skip grades.

Homeschooling in Malaysia using SPM has the most in-country benefits. You could apply for government jobs or public colleges using your certificate. As far as I know homeschooling cannot be done for UPSR students, but for PT3 (Form 1 to Form 3) this method can be applied. To begin the homeschooling process. You should first withdraw your child from their current school. Then, go to Pendidikan on the exam year to register your child for the exam. First-time registration costs under RM200 for all core science-stream subjects. Register your child at the appropriate year. If he/she turns 15 in 2025, register for PT3 around in the month of February that year at Pendidikan. Make sure your child sits for PT3 and UPSR also if you want your child to sit for SPM at the age of 17. If not, they can only take it at the age of 18. You can also homeschool for STPM.

ITTV is recommended for those who would like to study on their own. The tutorial videos are easy to understand and they have practice tests that are based on past year questions. Edunation also provides online tutorial videos and practice tests and is free. If your child is okay with social interaction, tuition centers are also a great option. If you have the budget, private tutors are really helpful for homeschoolers. You could just have sessions when your child doesn't understand certain topics.


Remember, all children are different. Some are at their best with friends, while some are at their worst with friends. As a parent or even an older sibling, it's your job to see where your child/sibling feels comfortable, alone or with friends. Also, allow other ways of social interaction like allowing them to compete in local sports tournaments or meet up with friends. Finally, share this article to let other parents know that homeschooling is possible in Malaysia. Thank you for reading and I hope you'll have a wonderful day.

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