Homeschooling isn’t regulated under Pakistan law or by the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training. This means that parents in Pakistan can choose to homeschool their children if it is a more viable option compared to traditional schooling.
Though homeschooling provides a flexible framework within which you can educate your child, there are certain aspects that need to be considered before you start.
The word curriculum refers to the combined lessons and academic content taught in a specific course or education program. You will need to choose a suitable curriculum that will ensure that your child has access to the opportunities that you would want them to pursue.
For example, a certificate obtained through the International British Curriculum will enable your child to apply to universities across the globe.
When parents undertake homeschooling, they opt to become their child’s teacher on all subject matters. Some parents opt to use an online homeschooling platform that provides access to subject specialists and interactive learning content to alleviate some of the pressure involved with teaching.
However, it is important to remember that as a parent you will still need to be involved with your child’s education. Especially during the lower grades where they will need guidance, encouragement and support. This will mean a time and resource investment as a parent.
Where and how your child will write exams to receive a certificate will depend on the platform and curriculum you’ve chosen, as well as the level your child is completing. When selecting the International British Curriculum, your child will write their exams at one of the Cambridge exam centres available in 130 countries.
Homeschooling is a growing education medium for parents in Pakistan for the following reasons:
Parents often choose homeschooling their children to ensure that they can control the quality of the content and learning. Some curriculums support this goal by focusing on teaching the child understanding, instead of the ability to repeat certain facts.
Some parents are concerned about the culture or religious norms that their child may be exposed to in a public school environment and prefer homeschooling as a means to prevent these influences from affecting their child.
Children with ADHD or children with other special learning needs (for example, children who are on the Autism spectrum) can flourish in the homeschooling environment because they can learn without stigmatization and discover their unique talents.
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 cricket 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.
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 Pakistan 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 curriculum parents choose from in Pakistan is the International British Curriculum/Cambridge Curriculum.
This is a globally recognised system of learning and assessment that allows for seamless integration with national curricula worldwide. It offers more flexibility for students to work at their own pace and students are able to write exams in exam centres anywhere in the world.