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Friday, 29 August 2014

Truancy and Home-schooling Law

Q: Who is responsible for a child regularly missing school; the parent or school? What about if it's for home-schooling?

A: According to s.77 of the Education Act 1996, as amended, it is the duty of parents to secure the education of their children. Failure to do this can result in a fine of TT$75, in accordance with s.83(1)

Home-schooling is legal according to s.78(a), but permission is required from the Minister of Education, which is based on his/her satisfaction with the home-schooling curriculum. 

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