A 15-year-old has been ordered to pay a fine of 75 US-Dollars by the authorities in the German state of Hessia for not going to school. The youth, who had tried in vain to be accepted into a final class in order to acquire a school leaving certificate, has never been at a public school. deutsche Version
Now in his tenth year of being home schooled, the student is well advanced academically before his age group.
The authorities couldn’t care less
“He has to go to ninth grade of a German school”, the legal representative of the local school office keeps insisting, “This is the only place fitting for his age.” Interestingly, the same school that had turned down the boy, had accepted his two elder brothers who had also been homeschooled up to grade ten. Both finished school at the state-run institution with straight A’s and ‘year’s best’. “We don’t want this to happen again”, the school’s principal has been quoted. “Those homeschooled pupils bring mischief to our school.” A court will still have to decide on the case, a date has not been fixed yet. The boy’s family has been entangled in legal cases about their homeschooling for over twelve years now.