Officially, the 6-year compulsory school is for anyone
aged 7-14. The primary school is 6 years old and the
secondary school is 6 years old. About. 20% of the adult
population is considered illiterate (2001).
São Tomé, the capital of the eastern state of São Tomé and Príncipe in the
Gulf of Guinea; 56,200 residents (2005). The city was founded in 1493 by
Portuguese. With the fort of São Sebastião, a baroque cathedral and houses with
wooden balconies, it can be reminiscent of a Portuguese provincial town.