Gabon has compulsory schooling between the ages of six
and 16. The training is provided by the state but also in
collaboration with various Catholic missions and other
private schools. Elementary school starts at six years of
age and lasts for five years. About 4/5 of the children
start primary school, where the proportion of girls is as
high as the proportion of boys. The upper secondary school
lasts a maximum of seven years, divided into two levels of
four and three years respectively. The school system has a
strong influence on the structure and content of the French.
Gabon has three universities, Université Omar Bongo in
Libreville, Université des Sciences et Techniques in Masuku
and Université des Sciences de la Santé in Owendo. The
reading and writing skills of the adult population (over 15
years) were estimated in 2009 to total 88% (91% for men and
84% for women).