Ministry of Education records spike in home-schooling applications
"Ministry of Education figures show a spike in applications from parents wanting to home-school their children.
The figures show the ministry usually received more than 100 applications a month before the pandemic and fewer than 200 a month for most of last year and this year.
But in October it received about 500 applications and in November more than 800.
The ministry said by 8 December it had received 3225 applications this year with 2194 approved, 71 declined, and 900 pending a decision.
The ministry said there were 8552 in home-schooling at the start of December, up from 7749 at the middle of the year and about 1300 more than in the middle of last year."
July 2018-June 2019 = 1,553
July 2019-June 2020 = 2,005
July 2020-June 2021 = 2,087
Note that in the first half of 2021, total applications received = 1,019. In the article quoted above, the Ministry state they have received 3225 applications this year to 8th December, which means that in the second half of this year, they have received 2,206 so far - more than all of the applications in the previous 12 months.