Are my children obliged to attend school?

School attendance is compulsory for all children aged 5 to 16 years who live in the Netherlands. If they do not have a secondary school diploma (mbo, havo, or vwo diploma) they have to attend school until the age of 18. Compulsory school attendance also applies to children of expats who have been posted to the Netherlands.

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