In Cȧrq́ax, state regulated education is mandatory between ages 5 and 15. After that, a person is allowed to look for his first job (either full-time or part-time combined with a learning trajectory in order to specialise in a certain field) or to continue his education. Companies receive a slightly higher tax advantage when they hire school-leavers than when they hire unemployed elderly in order to stimulate movement on the labour market, although the difference isn't very lager, so unemployment is more or less equally divided between age categories.
Full-time studying is expensive, so the higher educated often come from rich families. It is however possible for less fortunate people to get a scholarship. Normally these people are nominated by the director of the student's last mandatory educational institution. Without nomination is it also possible to receive a scholarship, but this requires a lot more bureaucratic hassle.
The educational trajectory of a Cartian child can start with the U̇rq́ezėi Hustė or Pre-School, available for children older than 30 months until the very day they reach the age of 5. Then they will go to the Vuteni Hustė or Primary School, where they will start in the 'First Class', when the first day of their presence is immediately after the summer vacation or max. 7 months thereafter, or in the 'Zeroth Class' when this isn't the case.
The Vuteni Hustė takes five years and teaches children general basic skills such as reading, writing, calculus, basic history of Cȧrq́ax, religious education as well as geography, biology and art forms. The subject of 'Life practice' is mandatory as well, which teaches children to manage for themselves in a variety of outdoor situations and nature (elsewhere this could be comparable to Scouting). Gymnastics, swimming and - where possible - mountaineering are included in this subject. Education in the Vuteni Hustė often takes place outdoors.
After five year of Vuteni Hustė the next stage is reached, which is not very surprisingly known as the V́ėxeni Hustė or Secundary School. Less attention is given to life practice, which is split between other subjects, and the time that is gained is dedicated to subjects like physics, chemistry, bookkeeping and foreign languages (choice between English, Latin and German, because of the proximity of these languages in the neighbouring countries of Cȧrq́ax). In the first three years of the V́ėxeni Hustė all subjects (Cartian, one foreign language, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, history/religion, bookkeeping, one art class, gymnastics or swimming or mountaineering) are mandatory for everyone. In the last two years subjects (except Cartian) can be dropped and the student is able to specialise in the remaining subjects.
A third stage (Ćėv́eni Hustė/Tertiairy School) is in fact an elite boarding school of max. four years and to which only students with a certain intellectual level are admitted. After the third year a student is allowed to switch to university if his or her grades are good or outstanding. Apart from the specialised subjects of the V́ėxeni Hustė the Ćėv́eni Hustė offers elective subjects like philosophy, sociology and politics, art history and more foreign languages. Due to the limited amount of students, the number of Ćėv́eni Hustė is not large: only three schools in the whole of Cȧrq́ax (Curśa, Oca, and X́ozȧxexe) offer this stage. There are however plans to open a fourth Ćėv́eni Hustė in the eastern part of the country.