Sunday 22 October 2017

Home schooling and the law

Article 42 of the Constitution sets out the rights and obligations of home-schooling families.

It states:

1. The State acknowledges that the primary and natural educator of the child is the family and guarantees to respect the inalienable right and duty of parents to provide, according to their means, for the religious and moral, intellectual, physical and social education of their children.

2. Parents shall be free to provide this education in their homes.

3.1. The State shall not oblige parents in violation of their conscience and lawful preference to send their children to schools established by the State, or in any particular type of school designated by the State.

3.2. The State shall, however, as guardian of the common good, require in view of actual conditions that the children receive a certain minimum education – moral, intellectual and social.

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