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Homeschooling in Romania
Compulsory Attendance Law: 6-16
Legal Status of homeschooling:
Homeschooling is neither prohibited nor recognized. Homeschoolers currently report themselves to school officials as a private school. This could change quickly. At this time, a family can teach their children at home and hope not to be charged with truancy if local officials are satisfied with what they see and proof can be given that students are enrolled in an “umbrella” private school. Trends are going against this, however. It is therefore urgent that homeschooling be legalized.
Homeschooling in Romania got its official start in 2000 when Romanian church planters under Westminster Biblical World Mission (WBWM) were encouraged to practice it by WBWM and HSLDA’s Chris Klicka. In the last five years, local officials inspected some of the homes and went away satisfied. But lack of legal recognition for homeschooling has always meant the state could step in at any time and declare it all illegal. This is why WBWM has not rested in its legalization efforts the last seven years. Progress was very slow the first six years, but the recent conference in March and publication of Chris Klicka’s book and now increased contacts in parliament have given hope to the possibility of a good law being written.
Chris Klicka's well-known book on homeschooling, The Right Choice: Home Schooling, has been translated into Romanian and published by the Romanian Home Schooling Association. Please contact RHSA for more information.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014