Homeschool in Malaysia: A Foresight Study

  •  Ng Kim-Soon    
  •  Abd Ahmad    
  •  Muhammad Sulaiman    
  •  Ng Sirisa    


Homeschooling in Malaysia is a form of alternative education that emphasizes quality education based on moral values and beliefs while strengthening family bonds. This alternative form of education is being practiced by a growing number of families in Malaysia. As such, the Ministry of Education has given the green light for intending parents who wish to homeschool their children to do so with prior permission from the Ministry. Local parents homeschool their children for various reasons. This study was undertaken to foresight the trends of parents who homeschool their children in Malaysia. A mixed approach was used in this study. The data collected was analyzed by using impact uncertainty analysis to foresight homeschool in Malaysia. Data was collected from 30 parents who homeschool in Malaysia and 4 of them were also interviewed. Parent left mainstream schooling is mainly due to inadequate curriculum or syllabus, social issues among students, an adverse school environment and conflicting values in the mainstream’s schools. The key drivers of homeschool in Malaysia are social issues among students and the education syllabus offered. This research work foresighted the drivers of homeschooling and provided possible scenarios of future of homeschool in Malaysia. Discussion and recommendations were provided.

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