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A home-schooling boom could be underway for Victoria as providers reveal they have been inundated with enquiries from parents following the conclusion of online remote learning.

A home-schooling boom could be underway for Victoria as providers reveal they have been inundated with enquiries from parents following the conclusion of online remote learning.

More than 6,000 children are registered for home-schooling in the state, but this figure could rise due to parents vowing to take up the role as 'teacher' amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Melbourne parents Rebecca and Chris Romeril told 9News they had made the decision to pull their four primary school aged children out of mainstream school and their youngest out of kindergarten after two months of remote learning.

"The remote learning really showed me how my kids learnt," Mrs Romeril said.

"All I ever wanted to be was a mum so I said well if I can spend more time with my children and be their mum and their teacher and everything in between, well why not?"

Mr Romeril said their children could not have been more motivated while learning at home.

"You get home 6pm at night and they're still doing stuff because they choose to," he said.

"Even on a weekend – 'I would like to do worksheets' and that was never the case."

Daughter Maddie Romeril said the only aspect of school she would miss is seeing her friends. But her mother promised regular visits to the school to stay connected with teachers and classmates.

The state government also plans to incorporate the programs and technology used during the remote learning period into the education system, with changes beginning from as soon as next term.

"We've got lots of plans and ideas," Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-pandemic-surge-homeschooling-enquiries/804382c4-ff86-4ad7-bf53-4dd32a683cfd

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