Is beginning secondary education tuition-free and compulsory?


This map tells us whether countries make secondary education accessible to their citizens by providing tuition-free and compulsory education in the first year of secondary education.

More information:

  • Tuition reported means that the country reports charging tuition in the first year of secondary education.  A country’s constitution may state that education is tuition-free, but if the country reports that tuition is charged, it appears as tuition reported.
  • Tuition-free includes cases where no tuition is charged in the first year of secondary education, but there may be other fees.  These additional fees cannot be compared across countries as there is not enough information available.
  • Compulsory education can be specified by an age range, a number of years, or a level of education during which children are required to go to school. We have looked at each of these factors, as well as national information on the length of primary education and the standard age of beginning school, in order to create comparable information on the age until which education is compulsory.