Homeschooling Clampdown in Northern Ireland

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LAF  and HEdNI, Home Educators of Northern Ireland, are reaching out to our readership today in the hopes that we can help make a difference for homeschoolers on the other side of the pond. Please take a minute to find out what is happening with a new sweeping policy and sign the petition to help parents maintain their parental rights.

Support Home Educators of Northern Ireland and protect parental rights by signing the Change.org petition

Parents who home school in Northern Ireland could be caught by “deeply alarming” and “intrusive” proposals, the largest home education group in the Province has warned.

The Education and Library Boards in Northern Ireland have proposed a new draft policy, which would give government officials sweeping powers, including to visit homes at least once a year.

Maria Hanley, of the Home Education Northern Ireland (HEDNI) group, said: “The proposals are alarming and intrusive, representing a serious assault on parental choice and introducing a fundamental change to the relationship between parents and the governing authorities.

“This draft policy has no basis in current Northern Ireland education law. Any change of this sort would require primary legislation by MLAs at Stormont, not by unelected officials.

“Under national and international law it is accepted that parents are the most appropriate judge for their child’s interests – these plans cut across the rights of parents to educate their children in the way they think is best.”

The boards are currently consulting on the draft policy, which would include a database to register and monitor homeschooling families.

Read the rest here.

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