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Teen Lauds Homeschooling for Academic Success
April 5, 2014: A celebrated Jamaican graduate says she will chooses homeschooling “over private and public schools any day.”

Jamaican Prime Minister Criticized for Homeschooling
November 28, 2011: HSLDA’s press release on the Jamaican Prime Minister’s decision to homeschool his sons.

Educator Speaks on Home Schooling Issue
November 24, 2011: A Jamaican educator discusses homeschooling and alternative learning options on TVJ.

Debate Rages Over PM’s Decision to Home-Educate
November 24, 2011: TVJ provides coverage of the Prime Minister of Jamaica and his family’s decision to homeschool their sons.

Jamaican Prime Minister Homeschools
November 29, 2011: Jamaica’s prime minister and his wife say they are standing by their decision to homeschool their sons.


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compulsory education age: 6–15

Legal status of homeschooling: Homeschooling is legal. The Education Act of 1980 states in Part III, § 21 (1) that “it shall be the duty of the parent of every child of compulsory school age residing in a compulsory education area to cause him to receive full-time education suitable to his age and ability, and satisfactory to the Educational Board for the area, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.” Under the “or otherwise” phrase in the law, families can legally homeschool.

 Contact Information

If you have knowledge of homeschooling in Jamaica, please contact HSLDA. Thank you!

Last Updated: April 16, 2014