There are fewer home schoolchildren this 12 months

After a significant increase last year, the number of children in home education has decreased this year. Some students whose parents turned into teachers as a result of the pandemic returned to the classroom.

Published October 18, 2021

Marie-Eve Morasse

Marie-Eve Morasse

Dominique Bernèche became a teacher for four of her six children in September 2020. The idea: to protect grandparents and continue to see them in a closed bubble.

In my head, the children were returning to school in January, and it was even. We didn’t think it would take that long.

Dominique Berneche

When the number of COVID-19 cases increased in the middle of winter, 5e Louis’ year, 3e of Laurier, 1D De Simone and Marie Kindergarten has been completed – in full! – the Lanaudi family.

“It was a great year, but I wouldn’t have another. Homeschooling was not a long-term vision or a solution for me, because I was not satisfied with what happened at school, ”explains Dominique Bernèche, a graduate businessman and teacher. who found that “it takes a lot of time.”

This follows from data provided by the Ministry of Education Press, there are just over 8,300 children studying at home this year (as of September 13). Last year it was almost 12,000 children, which is double compared to 2019-2020.

Some parents, who “felt comfortable” with their health situation, decided to put their children back in class, notes Marine Dumond-Després, president of the Quebec Association for Home Education (AQED).

“A network is needed for the home school. Children need to be friends, parents need to talk to families who do the same. It wasn’t really easy last year, “explains M.yes Dumond-Després, who believes that this isolation may have discouraged some from domestic education.

More children at home than before the pandemic

Although the choice of home school remains marginal (less than 1% of all students in the province), AQED believes that the “enthusiasm” observed in connection with the pandemic does not subside.

“It is interesting that the families who started last year continue [l’enseignement à la maison]. Many families tell us that one-to-one tuition is better for their child. We have most children with special needs. It is a certain lesson [en tête à tête] allows you to follow the child’s rhythm “, notes Marine Dumond-Després.

At the Ministry of Education, we remind you that although the deadline for declaring a child home is 1ehm July, “a parent may decide to drop their child out of school so that he or she can teach him at home at any time during the school year.”

As for Dominique Bernèch’s children, they returned to primary school a few weeks ago.

They were glad they went, but the rhythm bores them a little. My boys went fishing this afternoon. They really liked the width it gave them.

Dominique Berneche

And the mother? She gives an example of her little Simone, whom she learned to read. “It was very rewarding,” he says. But while her husband, a CEGEP teacher, gave his lessons at a distance, she often did the rest.

“I was the one who had the psychological burden of the school, who said, ‘We’re doing this today.’ Sometimes, when I had a meeting, my friend took care of it,” explains Dominique Bernèche.

Now that her children have returned to their more “traditional” routine, Dominique Bernèche is dedicated to her business, Les Belles Combined, which offers educational tools for parents. And the family is going to welcome the baby, the seventh of the siblings, in a few months.

Mandatory ministerial examinations

According to a decree adopted in 2019, children educated at home will have to take compulsory ministerial tests from that year. AQED deplores the fact that families are left in the dark and that “no specific plan on how to take the exams” is yet known.

Number of children educated at home

  • 4968 during the school year 2018/2019
  • 5964 during the school year 2019-2020
  • 11,947 during the school year 2020-2021
  • 8329 for the school year 2021-2022
    (as of September 13, 2021)

Source: Quebec Ministry of Education

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