It is a 10-year compulsory school for anyone aged 5 to 15
years. The primary school is 6 years old. The high school is
5 years old. 98% of children attend compulsory school, 70%
of young people in high school. There is one university, the
University of Guyana, and several higher education
institutions, including a teacher's college. Adult
illiteracy was estimated at approx. 2% in 2003. See TOPSCHOOLSINTHEUSA for TOEFL, ACT, SAT testing locations and high school codes in Guyana.
Guyana - Georgetown
Georgetown, capital of Guyana; 118,400 residents (2013). Georgetown, which is
the country's largest city and most important port, is located on the River
Demera's outlet in the Atlantic. The climate is hot and humid. The business
sector is mainly built around exports of rice and sugar as well as shipping
timber, bauxite, gold and diamonds from the country's interior. The city has a
university (founded in 1963).
In 1784 the British colony of Georgetown was conquered by the Dutch and
renamed Stabroek. Again under British rule in 1812 it re-named
Georgetown. Architecture from the colonial era is preserved.