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Education is compulsory and free between the ages of 7 and 16 years. The primary school starts at the age of seven and lasts for nine years. The secondary school consists of three years of theoretical high school or two or four years of vocational school. Eight out of ten children start primary school, while less than a third of pupils go on to secondary school. The proportion of girls is lower than the proportion of boys, especially in secondary school. See TOPSCHOOLSINTHEUSA for TOEFL, ACT, SAT testing locations and high school codes in Mali.

Education in Mali

Opportunities for higher education exist in the country, but a large proportion of the students at this level study abroad - especially in Senegal and France. The reading and writing skills of the adult population (15 years and over) were estimated to be 26% in 2006 (35% for men and 18% for women). In 2009, 22% of government spending went to education.

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