After the declaration of independence in 1960, the regime
invested in the school system, which at this time was very
poorly developed. However, financial difficulties have
hampered the implementation of the plans. In 2006, about 22%
of the population was literate. The proportion of men was
significantly greater than the proportion of women, 29% and
15% respectively. Especially large was the illiteracy of
rural women. See TOPSCHOOLSINTHEUSA for TOEFL, ACT, SAT testing locations and high school codes in Burkina Faso.
About 47% of children participate in basic education
(2006). However, only 31% complete the education, and only
one in ten children go on to high school and high school.
The education provided is free of charge and officially
compulsory for children between 7 and 13 years. There is a
great teacher shortage; In 2006, 46 students attended a
teacher in primary school. In order to improve the education
situation in rural areas, there is extensive school radio
activity. About 15% of government spending goes to the
The capital Ouagadougou is the center of higher
education. universities, teacher training centers and
vocational schools. Universities are also located in
Bobo-Dioulasso. At the beginning of the 2000s, there were
about 15,000 college students in Burkina Faso.