The number of school-age children educated at home grew from 900 to 2,000 during four years.
During the past four years, the number of school age children that are educated at home grew from 900 to 2,000 in St. Petersburg, Anna Grubskaya, director of the general education department of the St. Petersburg Committee for education, told Saint-Petersburg TV Channel in the Morning in St. Petersburg show.
However, compared to the total number of school students in St. Petersburg, which amounts to 500 thousand, the number of children educated at home is not so large.
Parents often choose home education for children that cannot go to school every day, not for medical reasons, but due to sports or other activities that take up a lot of time and effort. Some choose home education for religious or family reasons.
According to Grubskaya, every student educated at home must pass tests at the school he or she is assigned to. These tests may be held four times a year or once a year, depending on the parents’ wish. For primary school, children have tests just once, for the first four years of studies.
Grubskaya believes parents can teach children themselves, but only at the primary school stage. With such subjects as physics, chemistry, or foreign languages, they will need private tutors or, they can choose distance education.