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Compulsory Education Age

6–15 years old

Legal Status

Homeschooling is uncommon. Education is mandatory and is governed by the Ley Orgánica de Educación (N° 5.929, August 15, 2009), which strengthened the State’s control of education. While the education law does not specify compulsory school attendance (only compulsory education), the State uses education in the public schools as a main means of training children in what it is to be Venezuelan and a good citizen. The law does state that families have “the right and responsibility of religious education of their children according to their convictions” and a “duty and responsibility in the guidance and training of principles, values, beliefs, attitudes, and habits” in their children (Articles 7, 17). In reality, these rights may not be commonly protected in Venezuela.