Right to Education Country Review: Belize



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The preamble of the Belize Constitution of 1981 recognises the right to primary education, supported by compulsory education for children aged 6-14, with parents subject to fines if their children routinely refuse to attend school. Furthermore, all pupils under the age of 14 receive free schooling. As a result, from 1990 to 2020, primary school enrollment was extraordinarily high, with one estimate estimating that 94.5% of children aged 5 to 14 attend full-time. Secondary education is different. Because there is no analogous mechanism mandating kids to enrol in secondary school and allowing for free accessible education, net enrolment falls to 68% for 2020, showing a modest rise from 61% in 1990 and 65% in 2011.


Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council 4th Cycle – 45th Session

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education rights, compulsory education