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Mandatory statement

Verified 29 June 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Education is compulsory for all children, foreigners and Frenchmen, from 3 years of age up to the age of 16. You can choose to send your child to school (public or private). You can also request permission to perform this instruction yourself. Young people between 16 and 18 years of age are required to be trained. Local missions monitor compliance with this obligation.

3 to 16 years

You can choose to enrol your child in a school or educational institution (public or private). You can also be allowed to insure yourself (or any person of your choice) the instruction of your child. The reasons for obtaining this permission are limited.

Please note

from 3 to 6 years, children may, under certain conditions, attend school kindergarten.

Education is compulsory from the age of 3.

If you want the child to go to school, you have to enrol them in nursery school. You can put it in kindergarten, under certain conditions.

If you want to handle the statement yourself, you must request permission from Dasen: titleContent.

In case of a change of domicile, registration in the new school must be made within 8 days at the town hall of the new house.

If your child is receiving instruction in the family, you must report the change of domicile to Dasen: titleContent. You have to within 8 days that follow your move.

Who shall I contact

At each school year, the mayor lists all the children subject to the school obligation who live in his municipality.

This list is updated monthly.

If your child is being educated in the family, the mayor should investigate the child as early as 1re year.

This survey is renewed every 2 years, up to the child's 16 years.

The purpose of the survey is to check the reasons why you requested this instruction.

The mayor shall inform the Dasen: titleContent breaches of the obligation to enrol in an educational or educational institution in the family.

If your child is not enrolled in a school without good reason, you will receive a formal notice from the Dasen: titleContent.

If you do not comply with the Dasen: titleContent enrol the child in an educational institution, you risk 6 months in prison and €7500 fine.

If you give your childEducation in the family you may be fined €1,500.

16 to 18 years

Young people between 16 and 18 years of age are required to be trained.

To meet the training obligation, you must be in one of the following situations:

  • Employee
  • On Civic Service
  • In a journey of support or social and professional integration. These include 2nd chance schools, contracts for inclusion or follow-up by Pôle emploi or a local mission.
  • Learning
  • Registered in a public or private school to continue your education. In this case, you must participate in training actions.


a young person with health problems does not have to train until the age of 18. A medical certificate must justify his condition.

Local missions monitor compliance with the training obligation.

Information gathering

Schools, apprenticeship training centres and public institutions provide local missions with information on their former students. This information may concern their identity, their contact details, the last school they attended and the solutions and support offered to young people.

This information should enable local missions to identify young people who do not meet the training obligation.


Local missions should then receive the young people and their legal representatives to inform them of the training obligation. They must offer them a training solution, a return to school or the setting up of a support or insertion device.

If the young person does not show up for the interview without proof, the local mission calls him or her with their legal representative. The local mission must also summon the young person if he or she no longer meets his or her requests or if he or she abandons his or her escort.

If the training obligation has not been met within 2 months of the meeting, the local mission shall forward the information to the department. They will have to offer new solutions to the young.

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