More and more Malaysian parents are turning towards homeschooling today for various reasons.
IF you ask Jeremy Lee* how much he likes school, chances are you’ll get a rather frank reply.
“I don’t like school. I get very restless, and then the teacher will make me stand in the corner and pull my ears,” he says.
Until three years ago, Jeremy, 11, was in a public school. And he had trouble fitting in.
“We put him in a public school for Year One and Two. From the start, it was clear he had difficulty adapting. We kept getting complaints from teachers that he could not concentrate, he couldn’t stay in his seat long, he asked too many questions and was too opinionated.
“Soon, he was labelled as a difficult student and constantly punished,” his mother Sharon Lee*, 38, explains.
Jeremy adds that he had very few friends in school. “If you want to be friends with the good students, you have to be very, very good yourself. The other students are bullies. You have to pay them RM20 to be their friend,” he says.
Sharon says Jeremy had always been a bubbly and active child, but his personality began to change and his grades suffered. “He was so depressed and miserable, it was frightening. Going to school was like torture for him. He had tonnes of homework, but it was clear he wasn’t learning anything. It was merely a process of doing lots of homework, and sitting for test after test.”
by Lisa Goh,