Family Pays Fine for Home Schooling their Children for Religious Reasons

Country: Germany

Date of incident: November 27, 2009

A couple from northern Hessen (Germany) had to pay a fine to the extent of 120 € for taking their children out of school for religious reasons. The district Court of Kassel charged the 48-year-old man and his 43-year-old wife with 60 daily rates of 1€ in an appellate decision. In the previous contested judgment of June 2008 they were supposed to go to jail for three months, even though the attorney admitted that the children are well educated.

The parents quit their jobs in order to home school their seven children. “Children need certain values that the public schools are unable to transmit.”

Sources: The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ):