In Ivory Coast, the education follows a 6-4-3 system,
where the primary school lasts for 6 years, the secondary
school for 4 years and the secondary school for 3 years.
According to UNESCO, in 2011, 43% of people over the age of
15 were illiterate.
In 2011, 88% of children started school, but only 58%
complete primary school. Although all public school
education is covered by public authorities, many poor
parents strive to cover the cost of uniforms, schoolbooks
and other schooling expenses. In addition, many parents,
especially in the countryside, are expected to help children
in household and farm work, which will entail an additional
burden for many poor families sending children to school. In
practice, more boys than girls start school. In addition, a
greater proportion of the boys than the girls complete
primary school education.
Ivory Coast has 5 public educational institutions at the
university level (2016), of which the largest university is
Abidjan's Université Felix Houphouët-Boigny (known
as Université de Cocody until 2012). The second
university in Abidjan is Université Nangui Abrogoua
(known as Université d'Abobo-Adjamé until the
reopening in 2012) with the main focus on natural sciences.
In the capital Yamoussoukro is the Institute
National Polytechnique Félix
Houphouët-Boigny Technical College. In the city of
Bouaké further north is the Université Alassane Ouattara
(formerly the Université de Bouaké). Farthest
north, in townKorhogo is located Université Peleforo Gon
Coulibaly which was established in 2012 from a former
There are about 20 private colleges and universities
including the Institut Supérieur de Techonologie de Côte
d'Ivoire and Université Catholique de l'Afrique de
l'Ouest, both located in Abidjan. In addition, over a
hundred private so-called grandes écoles. About. 7%
of young people take higher education. In 2013, the total
number of students in tertiary educational institutions was
169,351, of which approx. 40% were female. French is the
language of instruction, while English is taught as one of
several foreign languages.