Access to education

Serbia

Author

Belgrade Centre for Human Rights

The right to education in Serbia is regulated by a number of legal instruments, primarily the Act on the Basis of the Education System,1 with relevant issues also regulated by the Primary School Act,2 the Secondary School Act3 and the High Education Act.4 These laws also govern the education of foreign nationals and stateless persons and the recognition of foreign school certificates and diplomas.

The Act on the Basis of the Education System foresees that foreign nationals and stateless persons shall enrol in primary and secondary schools and exercise the right to education under the same conditions and in the same manner as Serbian nationals. Schools are obliged to organise language, preparatory and additional classes for foreign pupils, including stateless persons and refugees, who do not speak the language used in the schools or are in need of specific instructions in order to continue their education.5 In addition, the Asylum Act foresees that “an asylum seeker and a person who has been granted asylum shall have the right to free primary and secondary education.”6

  • 1. Law on the Basis of the Education System of the Republic of Serbia, Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, no. 72/2009 and 52/2011.
  • 2. Primary School Act of the Republic of Serbia, Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, no. 50/92,53/93,67/93,48/94,66/94 – Constitutional Court decision, 22/2002, 62/2009 – other law, 101/2005 – other law and 72/2009 – other law.
  • 3. Secondary School Act of the Republic of Serbia, Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, no. 50/92, 53/93, 67/93, 48/94, 24/96, 23/2002, 25/2002 – cor. 62/2003 – other law, 64/2003 – corr. of other law, 101/2005 – other law, 72/2009 – other law and 55/2013 – other law.
  • 4. High Education Act of the Republic of Serbia, Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, no. 76/2005, 100/2007 – authentic interpretation, 97/2008 and 44/2010, 93/2012 and 89/2013.
  • 5. Article 100 Law on the Basis of the Education System of the Republic of Serbia.
  • 6. Article 41 Asylum Act.

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