Right to education

According to the Constitution, everyone has the right to an education. Education for school-age children is compulsory to the extent specified by the law, and is free of charge in general schools established by the national government and by local authorities.


In order to make education accessible, the state and local governments support the necessary number of educational institutions. The law also allows for other educational institutions, including private schools, to be opened and supported.


Parents have the final say in choosing their children’s education.


Everyone has the right to receive an education in Estonian. In an educational institution serving a national minority, the educational institution shall choose the language of instruction.


Providing education is supervised by the state.