Home schooling

a rising pattern in Luxembourg

The homeschooling trend has been growing in Luxembourg in recent years. A draft law is being prepared to better regulate and supervise this alternative education.

Very popular in the United States (5% of schoolchildren), homeschooling is gaining ground in Luxembourg. About 70 students out of 48,000 in the basic school would currently receive this type of education.

These figures fluctuate from month to month due to families only passing through Luxembourg for a short period of time”, specifies Pierre Reding, first government adviser at the Ministry of National Education, Childhood and Jeunesse, “Two categories of families practice this type. of education: families who pass and those who do so out of obedience”.

Municipalities check if the child is well educated

Home education for children following the basic scheme has existed in Luxembourg for more than a century. It was registered in a law of 1912 and taken into the amended law of February 6, 2009. Because if school is compulsory, lessons can also be done at home. It is up to the municipalities to check whether the children are well educated. As for high school students, the situation is more unclear, as there are no specific regulations in this area. “At the moment, the law only provides that the control of the skills of these high school students is done by the principals of high schools, says Pierre Reding, but we are working on a bill to reform the law on private education, which. should include details on the subject.”

The Ministry of National Education is planning a law on private education, which will include details on home schooling (Illustration: Didier Sylvestre)

The Ministry of National Education is planning a law on private education, which will include details on home schooling (Illustration: Didier Sylvestre)

Children return to the traditional system
“We would like the control of skills to be done by special people who can also help parents according to proven educational projects and no longer by school directors”, continues Pierre Reding. The law will also make the control for diseases and disorders mandatory and will ratify the controls with school medicine, which are already mandatory. This upcoming law will strengthen control in the “best interests” of the children concerned.
To be able to practice home schooling, it is enough, after careful consideration, to make a declaration to the municipality of residence and request authorization from a regional director who will check the acquisition of the basic skills defined by a study plan . “If these achievements do not correspond, the child can be automatically enrolled in the classical education system”, explains Pierre Reuter.

What program to learn?

Parents can choose to follow the Luxembourg education program, the program of their country of origin through correspondence courses or “unschooling” which leaves the child in control of his own learning. The same for high school students. Since parents do not have a degree function, high school students must enroll in an institution approved by the Ministry of National Education to obtain a high school graduation certificate.
“Homeschooled children most of the time integrate the traditional system at the end of the elementary cycle, says Pierre Reding. The director of the educational institution and the parents decide on the orientation that these young people will follow. Their skills are generally sufficient to be able to follow the courses.”
Finally, home-schooled youth can begin higher education at universities by accepting applications on file, according to Pierre Reding. As for finding a job without a degree, it’s more complicated.

Sophie Kiefer

Testimony of a Luxembourg mother, homeschooling in Europe, contacts to start in the Grand Duchy: our full dossier can be read in our paper edition of this Wednesday, April 11.

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