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School and education in Gambia

In Gambia the education follows a 6-3-3 system, where the primary school lasts for 6 years, the secondary school for 3 years and the secondary school for 3 years. According to UNESCO, in 2011, 49% of the population over 15 years were illiterate.

Education in Gambia

Basic education

The official school age is 7 years. In principle, the primary and lower secondary school is free and compulsory. In 2011, about 70% of seven-year-olds started primary school. English is the most important language of instruction, but in most places the first three classes are taught in local languages. The Qur'anic schools teach Arabic. A majority of the high schools in the country are private. See TOPSCHOOLSINTHEUSA for TOEFL, ACT, SAT testing locations and high school codes in Gambia.

Higher education

Higher education is offered at the University of The Gambia, which was established in 1999 and is the country's only university, as well as at four colleges.

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