LEGAL STATUS OF HOME EDUCATION WORLDWIDE


ILLEGAL

Albania

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Andorra

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Armenia

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Azerbaijan

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Belarus

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Brazil

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions

Bulgaria

Illegal, public education is mandatory. [Only children with special needs may be homeschooled under strict government control.]

Croatia

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Cuba

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Cyprus

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

El Salvador

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Georgia

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Germany

Illegal, [only exception being where continued school attendance would create undue hardship for an individual child.]

Greece

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Greenland

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Guatemala

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Kazakhstan

Illegal, public education is mandatory. Door to door checks. [Legal for non-residents.]

Latvia

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Liechtenstein

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Lithuania

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Malta

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Moldova

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Montenegro

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Netherlands

Illegal, public education is mandatory, with some exceptions.

Republic of Macedonia

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

San Marino

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.

Sweden

Illegal, [supposedly allowed under special circumstances such as student health reasons or family travel, but virtually never approved. Officials often ignore legally permitted appeals.]

Turkey

Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.



PERMITTED UNDER RESTRICTIVE LEGISLATION


Austria

Legal under restrictive conditions: homeschooling is allowed as long as the instruction is at least equal to that of the state school. Regular testing.

Belgium

Legal under restrictive conditions. Homeschooling is a constitutional right in Belgium.

Czech Republic

Legal under restrictive conditions by temporary experimental law for children aged 5–12. Law currently under negotiation with homeschoolers.

Estonia

Legal under restrictive conditions, only allowed for exceptional cases.

Hungary

Legal under restrictive conditions: every homeschooled child must be supervised by an authorized school and pass annual exams.

Iceland

Legal only for holders of teaching certificates, in other cases public education is mandatory.

Poland

Legal under restrictive conditions: every homeschooled child must be supervised by an authorized school (can be a private school) and pass annual exams.


Legal under restrictive conditions: children with disabilities, special needs or whose condition does not allow them to be physically present in a school may be home-schooled, under the supervision of an accredited teacher.

Serbia

Legal under restrictive conditions: children with disabilities, special needs or whose condition does not allow them to be physically present in a school may be home-schooled. State school curriculum must be followed without deviation.

Slovakia

Legal, under restrictive conditions.

Switzerland

Legal in about three quarters of the cantons , with many being restrictive to very restrictive. Illegal in about one quarter of the cantons.


REGULATED PERMISSION


Canada

Legal under regulating conditions (Alberta – regulation, British Columbia – registration, Manitoba – permit, Newfoundland – permit, New Brunswick – permit, Northwest Territories – regulation, Nova Scotia – regulation, Ontario – regulation, Prince Edward Island – regulation, Quebec – permit, Saskatchewan – permit, Yukon – regulation)

Colombia

Legal. Regulated by the Ministry of Education and the ICFES (Colombian Institute for the Promotion of Higher Education). The student would have to present a Public Validation Test and a State Test (Similar to SAT) if he/she wants to go to College.

Finland

Legal as alternative to the mandatory public school system. Written and oral examinations to check on progress are mandatory [even though this is not a requirement for those in public schools].

France

Legal as alternative to the mandatory public school system. Inspections are mandatory every year.

Ireland

Legal, homeschooling is allowed by the constitution. Registration with TUSLA, Child and Family Agency, required. Repeat inspections may occur.

Luxembourg

Legal, for primary school age.

Peru

Prior registration with the Ministerio de Educación is required.

United States

Legal under regulating conditions, varies by state.



UNCLEAR STATUS


Mexico

Legal, compulsory attendance laws unclear.

Russia

Legal since 1992, law sometimes ignored and not made legal.

South Korea

Prohibited by law but law is unclear and the cause is supported by business leaders, therefore homeschoolers do not generally experience issues with authorities.

Spain

Neither legal nor illegal, as Constitution recognises freedom of education, but national education law stipulates that compulsive education must be met through school attendance.


LEGAL


Australia

Legal as alternative to the mandatory public school system.

Denmark

Legal as alternative to the mandatory public school system.

India

Legal as alternative to the mandatory public school system.

Indonesia

Legal as alternative to the mandatory public school system.

Italy

Legal. Homeschooling is allowed by the constitution without regulation or restriction.

New Zealand

Legal as alternative to the mandatory public school system.

Norway

Legal

Portugal

Legal.

Slovenia

Legal.

United Kingdom

Legal as alternative to the mandatory public school system.



EXPRESSLY ALLOWED FOR UNDER LAW


Ukraine

Legal and expressly allowed for in Articles 59 and 60 of Ukraine’s Education Law.


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