Plans for new register for home-educated children 英政府提議對在家接受教育的兒童進行註冊

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英國政府正在就給英格蘭地區在家接受教育的兒童建立一個註冊登記簿的計畫進行商討諮詢。根據該計畫,家長有義務給不在公立學校或私立學校就讀的子女註冊。

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The number of children who have not been receiving education in schools in England has more than doubled in five years, to around 60,000. There are many reasons for leaving mainstream education, including a lack of support for special needs, religious reasons or purely out of personal choice, but some of these children are not visible to local authorities.

在英格蘭,沒有接受在校教育的兒童人數在五年內翻了一番多,達到六萬人左右。離開主流教育有諸多原因,包括缺乏對有特殊需求兒童的支持、宗教原因或單純出於個人選擇,但其中有一些兒童教育的選擇並不在當地相關部門的管控範圍之內。

The government is now proposing setting up a new register for all children not studying in school. The aim is to help councils intervene when a child’s education hasn’t been up to scratch or to identify those at risk of harm.

政府現提議為所有不在學校學習的兒童建立一個新的註冊登記簿。目的是幫助當地相關部門在孩子的教育水平達不到標準或兒童有被傷害的風險時,進行干預。

Ofsted [Office for Standards in Education] has said the proposals are a step in the right direction. But some parents who home-educate their children claim the register would be an unwanted intrusion into their lives.

英國教育標準局表示,這些提議朝著正確的方向邁出了一步。但有一些在家教育子女的家長稱,這種註冊登記會對他們的生活帶來不需要的侵擾。

1. 詞彙

mainstream education 主流教育
special needs (身患疾病或有某種特殊情況人的)特殊需要
visible 可見的,可管控的
proposing 提議
intervene 干預
up to scratch 達到標準
a step in the right direction 朝正確的方向邁出的一步
intrusion 侵擾

2. 閱讀理解:請在讀完上文後,回答下列問題 。

1. True or false? Parents can choose whether to home-educate their children or not.

2. What has happened to the number of children being home-educated in England?

3. How will setting up a register help local councils monitor home-educated children?

4. According to the report, how pleased are some parents about the proposal to set up a register?

3. 答案

1. True or false? Parents can choose whether to home-educate their children or not.
True. There are many reasons for leaving mainstream education, including doing it purely out of personal choice.

2. What has happened to the number of children being home-educated in England?
The number has more than doubled in five years, to around 60,000.

3. How will setting up a register help local councils monitor home-educated children?
It’s hoped it will allow councils to intervene when a child’s education hasn’t been up to standard or to identify those at risk of harm.

4. According to the report, how pleased are some parents about the proposal to set up a register?
Not very pleased. Some parents who home-educate their children claim the register would be an unwanted intrusion into their lives.