Know Your Laws: Enforcement of Compulsory School Attendance

Know Your Laws: Enforcement of Compulsory School Attendance

“Know you laws” is a production of the Press Office of the Royal St Lucia Police Force.

Enforcement of Compulsory School Attendance (Education Act of Saint Lucia)


Subject to section 38, it is the duty of the parent of every child of compulsory school age to cause the child to receive education by regular attendance at a school.


A student shall be excused from school attendance if—

(a)    in the opinion of the Minister, the student is receiving satisfactory instruction at home or elsewhere;

(b)    the student is excluded from attendance at school under any provision of this Act or the regulations made thereunder;

(c)    the student is unable to attend school because of sickness, danger of infection, infirmity, sudden or serious illness of a parent or other related cause;

(d)    the student is suffering from a physical or mental disability that, in the opinion of a registered medical practitioner, makes the student incapable of being educated by ordinary methods of instruction;

(e)    the student is granted permission by the principal of the school to be temporarily absent from school for good and sufficient reason;

(f)    the student is a participant in observances, celebrations, or activities recognised by a religious denomination;

(g)    the student has been suspended by a school in accordance with this Act and has not been given permission to enroll in another school;

(h)    the student is enrolled and in regular attendance at a private school or a home education programme in accordance with this Act; or

(i)    the student is engaged in work experience or other educational programmes authorised or approved by the principal.


(1)    A parent of a child of compulsory school age, who neglects or refuses to cause the child to attend school, unless the child is excused under section 38, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000.

This has been “Know Your Laws”. We at the Royal Saint Lucia Police force encourage the citizenry to read and study the laws which governs our society. Never forget that knowledge is power.

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