Policy Document

Act 1 of 1985 on education

Benefits & Requirements

Age range

6 - 16

Duration (numbers of years of compulsory education stipulated by this document)


ISCED levels included in compulsory education


Is educational tracking implemented or modified by this document?


Education and training required for a compulsory school teacher stipulated by this document

In lower grades – primary school teacher’s degree 5th – 8th grade – secondary school teacher Grades above the 9th – university-level secondary school teacher

Is the compulsory education of children of undocumented migrants granted by this document?

Section 155 (1) The provisions of the present law shall be applicable to the admission of foreigners to a Hungarian educational institution, with the following variations: (2) In questions relating to education in case of decisions on admission to a prima

Read the Law

Original full text source in native language

Magyar Közlöny (Hungarian Official Gazette) No. 19, 02.05.1985

Original full text web source in native language


Comments & Clarifications

Special data for the selected policy/category: Age range: Section 50 (1) In general, the child shall become obliged to attend compulsory education from the calendar year in which – before the exact date was determined by separate legal regulation – he or she reaches the age of six years. The beginning date of compulsory education shall be determined on the basis of the maturity of the child. (2) Compulsory education lasts until the end of the school year in which the student reaches the age of 16. (3) In the case of students with physical, sensory, mental, speech, or other handicaps, compulsory education may be extended by one or two school years, at the latest until the end of the school year in which they reach the age of 18. Section 53 (1) The child obliged to fulfil compulsory education may be, in justified cases, exempted from the fulfilment of compulsory education if he or she has absolved primary education, and does not attend secondary school or any other type of education.


Judit Monostori
Hungarian Demographic Research Institute (HDRI)

Data collected in the framework of the Population Europe Research Finder and Archive (PERFAR)

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SPLASH-db.eu (2014): Policy: "Act 1 of 1985 on education" (Information provided by Judit Monostori). Available at: https://splash-db.eu [Date of access].