My name is Asim.
I studied physics at university, became an investment banker in London for several years, and moved to Malaysia a decade ago to become an entrepreneur.
At university I met my wife, Isabelle. She graduated in classics, trained to become a lawyer, but then became a Chartered Accountant, then tax consultant, then a designer of some incredible villas (she’s incredibly intelligent!).
We have 3 kids, Maryam (born 2004), Danyal (2006) and Sabeen (2008).
Until late 2013, our kids had a pretty normal school education, just like their parents. In fact, if you told me up until mid-2013 that you homeschooled your kids I would have thought you were nuts.
But by late 2013, I had convinced Isabelle and the kids that we should give homeschooling a try. They all agreed.
Today the kids have become conversant in 5 languages and they are getting there in a 6th. Maryam achieved five A*s in her IGCSE’s (UK 16+ exam) when she was 12, Danyal three A*s when he was 10, and Sabeen has achieved two A*s with one result pending, also at 10.
The elder two then finished their A-levels (UK 18+ exams) aged 13 (AAB) and 11 (AA), and are now learning coding, i.e. programming, to start their own business.
Sabeen, 10, is currently studying for her A-levels.
Danyal, who is the only one that really enjoys sport, plays football and squash at a high level and is one of the fastest 10-year-olds over 5km in Malaysia, and the girls are good rock climbers and regularly do self-defence.
Honestly, the kids are happy, have many friends, are confident and sociable.
My home school journey has led me to believe that the modern education system, that I experienced the very best of, is completely messed up – so messed up that I no longer insist my kids go to university. Sure, if they passionately want to become something where a degree is required – e.g. a doctor, lawyer, investment banker – then yes, university it is, but otherwise it’s up to them.
In this blog, I explain why I decided to home school my kids, the journey so far, why I think modern education desperately needs reform.