Is primary education compulsory?


This map tells us whether countries make primary education accessible to their citizens by making education compulsory at the primary level.

More information:

  • 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.
  • Senegal makes beginning primary school compulsory, but this requirement ceases before completion of primary school. In all other countries where primary school is compulsory, it is compulsory for the duration.