REGULATION NO.  2000/51

UNMIK/REG/2000/51

30 August 2000

 

 

ON THE AGE OF COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE IN KOSOVO

 

 

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General,

 

Pursuant to the authority given to him under United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) of 10 June 1999,

 

Taking into account United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Regulation No. 1999/1 of 25 July 1999, as amended, on the Authority of the Interim Administration in Kosovo, UNMIK Regulation No. 2000/1 of 14 January 2000 on the Kosovo Joint Interim Administrative Structure and UNMIK Regulation No. 2000/11 of 3 March 2000 on the Establishment of the Administrative Department of Education and Science,

 

For the purpose of establishing the age for compulsory school attendance in Kosovo,

 

Hereby promulgates the following:

 

 

Section 1

Age of Compulsory School Attendance

 

1.1       The age of compulsory school attendance shall be from six (6) years to fifteen (15) years.

 

1.2       A child who has reached the age of six (6) years by the commencement of an academic year must be enrolled in a school, approved by the Administrative Department of Education and Science (hereinafter "the Department"), in the first school term of that academic year and shall remain enrolled in an approved school for the subsequent years until such child attains the age of fifteen (15) years.

 

 

Section 2

Enrollment of Children below Compulsory School Age

 

The Municipal Director of Education (hereinafter "the Director") may enroll a child who is under the prescribed school age at the beginning of the academic year in circumstances where:

 

(a)    The Director is satisfied that the child would be disadvantaged educationally if not enrolled; or

 

(b)   It is demonstrated that the child has been enrolled in a formal education program in another country or state, and that the child would be disadvantaged educationally if not enrolled in a school.

 

Section 3

Dispensation

 

3.1       Every parent or guardian of a child of compulsory school age shall ensure that such child is enrolled in a school approved by the Department unless such parent or guardian has been granted a dispensation by the Department.

 

3.2       The following reasons shall be grounds for the granting of a dispensation:

 

(a)    The child is receiving efficient and regular instruction in a range of subjects appropriate to the child's needs in a place other than an approved school; or

 

(b)   The child is prevented from attending school for medical reasons which are considered reasonable.

 

3.3       A dispensation may be also granted for reasons other then those referred to in section 3.2 above, as determined on a case by case basis by the Co-Heads of the Department or by their designated official.

 

 

Section 4

Penalties

 

4.1       It shall be an offence for a parent or guardian of a child of compulsory school age to fail to enroll such child in a school approved by the Department without having obtained a dispensation.

 

4.2       Any person committing an offence under section 4.1 above shall, on conviction, be punished with a fine of up to 300 DM.

 

4.3       Any person committing offences subsequent to that referred to in section 4.2 above in respect of the same child shall, on conviction, be punished with a fine of up to 100 DM for each school teaching week, according to the official school calendar, that the child was not enrolled in an approved school since the imposition of the first penalty.

 

 

Section 5

Implementation

 

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General may issue administrative directions in connection with the implementation of the present regulation.

 

 


Section 6

Applicable Law

 

The present regulation shall supersede any provision in the applicable law which is inconsistent with it.

 

 

Section 7

Entry into Force

 

The present regulation shall enter into force on 30 August 2000.

 

 

 

Bernard Kouchner

Special Representative of the Secretary-General