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Compulsory education refers to a period of education that is required of all people and is imposed by the government. This education may take place at a registered school or at other places.

Years of compulsory education (UNESCO) in 2015
  13+
  10–12
  7–9
  0–6
  No data

Compulsory school attendance or compulsory schooling means that parents are obliged to send their children to a certain school.[1]

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights requires, within a reasonable number of years, the principle of compulsory education free of charge for all.[2] All countries except Bhutan, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vatican City have compulsory education.

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