UAE: Some parents prefer to home school as it saves 50-75% on fees

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“School fees nowadays make no sense,” A. Alshaqra said, mum to a 13-year-old and 10-year-old. “I chose an online curriculum that is considered costly but it’s less than half of what I used to pay for school.

Maryam Ismail, an American mum of two kids said “I found that my kids have a better and more inclusive education. By that I mean not just the three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle – but also history and extras like calligraphy, video production and research skills that go beyond Google and Wikipedia.”

Ismail believes that universities “seek out” children who have been homeschooled. She also feels that homeschooled kids make a more “diverse set of friends”, retain knowledge of different groups of kids and adults, as well as an increased overall awareness of global issues. “I have found that many universities not only accept homeschooled students, they seek them out. However, there is a sticky point when it comes to finishing. Many universities and colleges require that students take the GED test. It is just an extra step but it is worth it. The problem is, some universities in the UAE are not up to speed and will not accept any online school curriculum, which many homeschoolers depend on,” Ismail said.

Source Credit: Khaleej Times
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