Is homeschooling legal in Zambia?

Homeschooling in Zambia is not governed or prohibited by the Zambian Ministry of General Education, this gives parents an alternative option to traditional schooling.

Homeschooling methods in Zambia

Your homeschooling methodology will be determined by your child’s needs and your desired outcome.  Below are a few of the more familiar methods of homeschooling: 

School at home

The school at home method provides the same structure that the student will find in a public school, but within the home environment. Parents who follow this methodology have more control over the curriculum, content taught and schedule their child will follow.

Parents who choose this route either choose to teach their child themselves or hire a tutor or teacher to assist. Parents can choose to sign up with a homeschooling provider, to offer support and provide the curriculum to help with their child’s education.

Hybrid schooling methodology

In this method parents select a combination of “at home schooling” and the services of tutor centres near them. In this case, the tutor centre supports the parent by offering the teaching expertise the parent may not have, whilst still keeping the flexibility and control of following a curriculum with the parent.

Online homeschooling platforms

An increasing trend is the use of an online homeschooling platform, which provides the structure and support the child needs while they complete their education. 

This option is rising in popularity because it grants students access to professionally trained teachers, interactive learning content and online forums where they can engage with other students, all whilst they reap the benefits of homeschooling.

Why some parents choose homeschooling

Parents across the globe choose homeschooling for varying reasons, but the four listed below are the most common for Zambian parents. 

Access to higher quality education

Because public schools in Zambia are free, but underfunded, homeschooling is a popular choice for parents who want to give their children a quality education, without the expense of a private school. 

There are several good public schools in main centres, like Lusaka, but finding a good quality public school in remote areas of Zambia proves more difficult.

Personalised learning

Not all children are suited for a traditional learning environment. Some may have an aptitude for maths, but they struggle with English. By choosing homeschooling, parents can create an environment where more attention is given to the subjects where their child needs additional help, whilst choosing more advanced levels for the subjects where their child shows an aptitude. 

Suitable option for special needs children

Children with ADHD or children who are on the Autism spectrum can flourish in the homeschooling environment because they can learn without stigmatization and discover their unique talents. 

Talented children

Children that display special talents in music, sports or academics may have unique learning needs and will require a more flexible schedule to accommodate these needs. For example, a child who is gifted in swimming may need more time during their day to allow for their training schedule, whilst an academically gifted child may want to progress to the next course level as soon as they are done with the current one. 

Homeschooling, when combined with a flexible curriculum like the Cambridge (or International British Curriculum) can provide a suitable education framework for talented children.

Requirements for homeschooling in Zambia

Other than the requirement to start their child’s education at the age of 6, parents do not need to comply with any other legal conditions. There are, however, a few factors that need to be considered before starting the homeschooling journey. 

Determine the long term objectives of homeschooling your child

Though homeschooling offers unprecedented freedom, it is important to keep your child’s future in mind. If you’ve selected homeschooling in the hopes to send your child to study abroad, selecting a curriculum that will help them apply to any university will be essential.

Your child’s buy-in

Homeschooling will require dedication and self-discipline from both the parent and the child. It will be a partnership where both work toward the common goal of completing the child’s education.

Make sure that your child understands why you’ve selected homeschooling for them, as it will greatly improve your homeschooling experience. 

Time

If you’ve selected the “school at home” methodology without the help of a tutor or teacher, the responsibility of your child’s education will rest solely with you. However, by using either the hybrid schooling model or an online homeschooling platform you could significantly decrease the time commitment needed. 

Are homeschooled students more successful?

Based on a study completed by Brian D. Ray (Ph.D) in the US students who are home-educated typically perform better academically, socially, emotionally, and psychologically compared to children who attend traditional schools. 

Some of the statistics from Dr Brian D. Ray’s paper include:

Homeschooling curriculums in Zambia

The most popular homeschooling curriculums parents choose in Zambia are: 

Curriculum Level Comparison

Age
5/6
6/7
7/8
9/10
10/11
11/12
12/13
13/14
14/15
15/16
15/16
16/17
17/18
17/18
British Curriculum
Learn to Read
Primary Stage 1
Primary Stage 2
Primary Stage 3
Primary Stage 4
Primary Stage 5
Primary Stage 6
Foundation 1
-
Foundation 2
International GCSE
-
AS Level
A Level
ZECF
-
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Junior Secondary
Junior Secondary
Senior Secondary
Senior Secondary
Senior Secondary
First Year University Equivalent

Homeschooling Cost in Zambia

The cost of homeschooling will depend on the curriculum, platform, student level and the subjects you select. CambriLearn offers the British curriculum with various pricing options that help parents and students meet their unique needs.

British Curriculum Estimated Cost at CambriLearn

Standard

This pricing option provides personalised learning for students who require less teacher intervention than our Premium package.

Annual fees per Level*

Primary Stage 1-6

From $771 per annum
or
$91 (10 monthly instalments)

Foundation I&II

From $1 303 per annum
or
$153 (10 monthly instalments)

International GCSE

From $1 847 per annum
or
$217 (10 monthly instalments)

AS & A Levels

From $1 566 per annum
or
$185 (10 monthly instalments)
Premium

This pricing option provides students with access to the full bouquet of learning features offered by CambriLearn.

Annual fees per Level*

Primary Stage 1-6

From $1 671 per annum
or
$197 (10 monthly instalments)

Foundation I&II

From $2 538 per annum
or
$299 (10 monthly instalments)

International GCSE

From $3 760per annum
or
$443 (10 monthly instalments)

AS & A Levels

From $3 200 per annum
or
$377 (10 monthly instalments)

*The fees are only for demonstrative purposes and will vary depending on the subject choice. CambriLearn's British Curriculum also offers parents the option to combine different package options per level. For example, if there is a particular subject that you need extra support with, then you can take that subject on Premium and your other subjects on Standard.

You can view a detailed breakdown of the differences between the CambriLearn International British Curriculum Packages here.

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