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Compulsory education


Compulsory education obligation in Poland is fulfilled by attending 8-year primary school or lower secondary school. Compulsory education starts at the beginning of the school year, in the calendar year when a child becomes 7 years old (unless the application of compulsory education is postponed for the child) and is continued until graduation from 8-year primary school or lower secondary school, but no longer than when a person becomes 18 years old. Additionally, children aged 6 are obliged to attend one-year pre-school preparatory class, preparing for primary education.

  • Act of 7 September 1991 on the Education System
    Place of publication: (Dz. U. z 2021 r. poz. 1915)

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Urząd Statystyczny w Gdańsku