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Parental Responsibility for Children’s Education

People must assert and defend their constitutional and human rights.  Among these are the rights of parents to educate their children.

The 1976 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Article 18.4) asserts the “…liberty of parents and… legal guardians to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions”.

Similarly, the 1976 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Article 10) asserts: “The widest possible protection and assistance should be accorded to the family, which is the natural and fundamental group unit of society, particularly for its establishment and while it is responsible for the care and education of dependent children.”  These covenants were ratified by Trinidad and Tobago in 1978.

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