Schools and institutions are legally required to report any relative absenteeism (truancy) and absolute absenteeism (not enrolled in a school or disenrolled without a basic qualification) of pupils to the school attendance officer.
The Compulsory Education Plus team at Eindhoven Municipality is tasked with enforcing the compulsory education and qualification requirements. Do you have a question for the Compulsory Education Plus team? Please get in touch by phone on 040 238 27 26 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if my child of mandatory school age is not enrolled in a school?
You are responsible, as the parent, for your child of mandatory school age being enrolled in a school or education institution. If that is not the case, this is absolute absenteeism. It's the school attendance officer's duty to check up on school enrolments and contact you if your child is not enrolled.
What if my child is enrolled but doesn't attend school?
If a pupil is enrolled in a school, but doesn't attend, or only sporadically, this is relative absenteeism. Structural late arrival also falls into this category. Both you, the parent, and the pupil of 12 years or older, will be held responsible for this behaviour by the school attendance officer, and there can be criminal proceedings.
Am I allowed to take my child on holiday during term time, without permission?
If you, the parent, take your child on holiday during term time, without permission from the school head, this is luxury absenteeism. Taking holidays during term time is only allowed if the child is unable to go on holiday during school holidays, for example due to the specific nature of the profession of one or both parents. In such a case, the school head may give the child time off, once a year, but no more than 10 school days, and not in the first 2 weeks of the school year.
What if my child is ill?
It can of course happen that your child is unable to attend school because of illness (valid absenteeism). Problems can occur if this happens too often, or if there are doubts about the sickness report. In that case, the school can engage the services of the Municipal Medical Department's doctor. If the Municipal Medical Department's doctor is unable to confirm that there are medical reasons for the extent of the absenteeism, they will report this to the school. The school will, in turn, report this to the school attendance officer, who will start criminal proceedings.
Can my child be exempted from enrolment in a school?
There are special circumstances in which children are not required to attend school. As a parent, you must apply for exemption from mandatory enrolment. Exemption from mandatory enrolment is possible in the following situations:
your child is considered unsuitable for enrolment in a school, on psychological/medical grounds (the school attendance officer will ask advice from an independent physician)
as a parent, you have substantial doubts about the education involved
your child is enrolled in a school abroad.
Exemption is usually valid for 1 school year. An application for exemption should be made to the municipal executive (B&W) each year before 1 July. The school attendance officer will deal with this application on behalf of the municipal executive.
If the right to exemption is unproven, the school attendance officer can start criminal proceedings.
What is the qualification requirement?
The qualification requirement means that a young person is of mandatory school age until their 18th birthday, or that they must already have gained a basic qualification. A basic qualification is a HAVO/VWO diploma or an MBO diploma at Level 2 or higher.
The following young people are exempt from the qualification requirement:
young people who have a certificate/diploma in vocational training
young people who have followed the market-oriented course completion profile or course completion profile day activity education in special purpose secondary education.
What is the Regionale Meld- en Coördinatiefunctie (RMC)?
The RMC (Regional Report and Coordination Role) is aimed at ensuring that young people gain a basic qualification. Young people who leave school with a basic qualification are better placed in society. And a basic qualification is also the best guarantee of a structural place in the employment market.
Eindhoven Municipality carries out the RMC role for the sub-region of Eindhoven-de Kempen. That includes the following 15 municipalities: Bergeijk, Best, Bladel, Cranendonck, Eersel, Eindhoven, Geldrop-Mierlo, Heeze-Leende, Nuenen, Oirschot, Reusel, Son en Breugel, Valkenswaard, Veldhoven, Waalre.
What if a young person between 18 and 23 years has no basic qualification?
Young people aged between 18 and 23 years are no longer required by law to attend school or have a basic qualification. Young people aged between 18 and 23 years, who leave the school system without a basic qualification, are reported by school to the school attendance officer. These young people are eligible for RMC career guidance to help them find a training course or apprenticeship. For information and advice they can contact zowel.works and email@example.com.