When you think about homeschoolers a few things may come to mind: Maybe they are stuck in their house all day, don't have any friends, have no social skills, learn from unqualified teachers and miss out on the "school experience". Despite this perception, the number of children in home education is continuing to grow in Rotorua and nationwide. Cira Olivier finds out why more people are doing away with the structures of the schooling system in favour of being guided by the interests of their children.

The number of homeschoolers has more than doubled in Rotorua in the last 20