Mauritian law requires that children attend school up to the end of the academic year in which he or she turns 16. Though the law does not specify if your child needs to attend a physical school or an online school, as a Mauritian citizen you would need to confirm if the school is registered with the Ministry of Education.
If you're an expatriate living in Mauritius, you are legally allowed to consider alternative education options. If you decide to permanently settle in Mauritius and send your children to a local private (or government) school, the Ministry of Education will require documentation providing proof of two years of school attendance and a letter of transfer.
Selecting the appropriate curriculum will be the first step in starting your homeschooling journey in Mauritius. Common curriculums chosen by emigrating families are the International British Curriculum (or Cambridge Curriculum) and the K-12 (Kindergarten to Grade 12) curriculum.
When choosing your homeschooling curriculum, ensure that there are test centres available near you. Also keep the possibility of integrating into a local school in mind, especially when moving older children from one curriculum to another.
Finally, consider the workload that will be involved with your selected curriculum. The international British curriculum allows parents to focus on what is most important for their child, whilst cutting out excess subjects that only add to the stress of moving abroad.
The cost of homeschooling will depend on the curriculum, platform, student level and the subjects you select. The Cambridge (or International British Curriculum) is the most popular homeschooling curriculum in Mauritius and the costs will be influenced by the following factors.
The costing provided below is for illustrative purposes only, and will vary depending on the number of subjects, the examination venues, and the textbook formats you’ve elected to buy (digital copy vs. printed textbook).
Annual online homeschooling fees for primary stage students range between $639 and $1 839 per year for three subjects. Textbooks will cost between $100 and $200 and at this level there are no additional examination fees.
Annual online homeschooling fees for lower secondary stage students range between $2 305 and $3 642 per year for six subjects. Textbooks will cost between $400 and $500 and there are no additional examination fees for Lower Secondary years 1 and 2.
Annual online homeschooling fees for IGCSE students range between $2 486 and $4 968 per year for six subjects. Textbooks will cost between $300 and $400 and, depending on the examination centre, exam fees range between $1 000-$2 000 collectively.
Annual online homeschooling fees for A Level students range between $1 752 and $3 760 per year for four subjects. Textbooks will cost between $400 and $500 and, depending on the examination centre, the subject, and the exam type, exam fees range between $1 000-$2 000 collectively.
The most popular homeschooling curriculums parents can choose from in Mauritius are: