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Reactions Force Government to Retreat on Education Bill
February 25, 2012: A proposed education bill to increase the compulsory education ages addresses homeschooling as well.


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Compulsory attendance: 6-14 (September of the calendar year in which a child turns 6. If the child is born after September 1, the parents can opt to send him one year later.)

Legal status of homeschooling: Homeschooling is considered illegal. All students must be registered in state or private schools and attendance is compulsory, per the National Education Basic Law (No° 1739, 06-14-1973, Article 22). Distance education classes are available through the national TV channels and children then go to a test site to take exams for the courses they have studied. Parents who do not send their children to school are charged as criminals, resulting at times in imprisonment. Many families are currently faced with problems due to homeschooling. As the education law explicitly refers to Turkish children, foreigners may have an easier time homeschooling.

 Contact Information

** No contact info at this time. If you have knowledge of homeschooling in Turkey, please contact international@hslda.org. Thank you!

Last Updated: June 20, 2011