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School system

From here you have a good view to the former school building and the schoolyard. In old times, the church had to teach faith, and in rural areas this was limited to the catechization of children; the priest acted as teacher. Itinerant teachers taught the young people how to read and write. From 1675, a decree came into force that ruled that even children from poor families had to be taught in class. From 1717, negligent parents who violated the obligation to send their children to school were threatened with a fine. Until 1789, Mürren and Gimmelwald were one school district. They took turns in teaching the children one week in one village and the next in the other village. The children were taught five to seven hours of lessons per day, but only in winter.

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