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Exemptions from compulsory school attendance in the Netherlands

Children aged 5 to 16 are obliged to attend full-time education. In certain circumstances, your child might be exempted from compulsory school attendance. This is called vrijstelling van leerplicht (exemption from compulsory school attendance). In that case, your child does not have to go to school. Where you apply for the exemption depends on the situation.


With an exemption from compulsory education, your child does not have to attend school. There are 3 types of exemption (in Dutch):

This is how it works in your (future) place of residence

Your (future) place of residence falls under the Municipality of Duiven.

Municipality of Duiven: Exemptions from compulsory school attendance

The implementation of this task lies with RSD De Liemers. If you have any questions about this, please contact them. You can call them on (0316) 279 533 or check their website:

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Duiven

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