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The Danish education system provides access to primary school, secondary school and higher education. All college education in Denmark is free; there are no tuition fees to enroll in courses. Students in secondary school or higher and aged 18 or above may apply for student support which provides fixed financial support, disbursed monthly. Education in Denmark is compulsory for children below the age of 15 or 16, even though it is not compulsory to attend Folkeskole ("public school"). 75 % of established day-care institutions are municipal day-care centres while the other fourth are privately owned and are run by associations, parents, or businesses in agreement with local authorities.  The school years up to the age of 15/16 are known as Folkeskole, since any education has to match the level offered there. The public municipal school, the Folkeskole, is a comprehensive, integrated school covering primary and lower sec­ondary education (ISCED 1 and 2) without streaming. Apart from the compulsory forms 0 to 9, the Folkeskole comprises an optional form 10. In Denmark, upper secondary education programmes (ISCED 3), also referred to as youth education programs, usually takes two to four years and is attended by students between the ages of 15 and 20. Secondary education is not compulsory, but usually free of charge, and students have a wide range of programmes. It is divided into: General upper secondary education programmes, which primarily prepare for higher education & Vocational upper secondary education and training programmes, which pri­marily prepare trainees for a career in a specific trade or industry.

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