The number of homeschooled children has jumped in the past few years
“School-phobia” has been blamed for the rise of more Irish parents homeschooling their children.
Around 1,434 children had been registered as being homeschooled in September this year compared to the 439 children a decade ago.
More children are being homeschooled by parents for “philosophical, educational, lifestyle, religious, and cultural reasons,” according to Tusla.
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Other reasons include increased anxiety and “school-phobia”, the Irish Daily Mail reports.
But many parents supposedly just want a more relaxed pace of life.
A spokesperson for Tusla said: “[Homeschooling] is a positive choice for many families who, for reasons of lifestyle or other needs, they choose to home-educate.
“The service has noted an increase in the number of children being home-educated because school is not, or is perceived to not meet their needs.”
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This was in reference to the lack of appropriate facilities for special-needs students including autism sufferers.
A spokesperson for Home Education Ireland said that the number of homeschooled children have shot up particularly in the last two years.
They said: “A lot of children find the system incredibly frustrating especially as they get older and must spend hours on subjects that do not engage them.”
They added that the competitive nature of school which might lead to bullying is also a factor.