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Icelandic Education system description at Eurypedia

Icelandic Education system description at Eurypedia


The Icelandic Parliament is legally and politically responsible for the school system. The Parliament determines the basic objectives and administrative framework of the educational system. All education comes under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. The municipalities are responsible for the operation of pre-primary and compulsory schools but higher education institutions and upper secondary schools are run by the state or private parties. Pre-primary and compulsory schools enjoy a high level of autonomy but goals and learning outcomes are defined at central level by laws and in National Curriculum Guides. The pre-primary school is the first level of the school system for children below compulsory school age. Education is compulsory for all children from the age of six to sixteen. Individual who has completed compulsory education, equivalent basic education or has reached the age of sixteen is entitled to enrol in upper secondary education until the age of eighteen. The great majority of young people continue with full-time education after finishing compulsory education.

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