The Compulsory Education Law (Leerplichtlandsverordering P.B. 1991, no 85) basically states that all children in St. Maarten between the ages of 4 and 18 MUST attend school.
 
Different groups are responsible under this law:
• Parents are responsible for making sure their children attend school..
• Schools: responsible to ensure that registered students are attending school. If they do not, it must be reported.
• The Government: responsible to control there is compliance of the law by parents and schools.
 
Government has appointed the Inspectors Education, Culture, Youth & Sports as the authority to ensure that there is compliance with the law.
 
(An unofficial translation of the law can be viewed by clicking HERE)