Compulsory education, Compulsory school attendance or compulsory schooling refers to a period of education that is required of all people and is imposed by the government. This education may take place at a registered school or at other places. During compulsory parents are obliged to send their children to a certain school or homeschool them.
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights requires, within a reasonable number of years, the principle of compulsory education free of charge for all. All countries, except Bhutan, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vatican City have compulsory education.