It is 10 years compulsory and free school from the
children is 6 years. The primary school is 6 years old,
followed by a 5 year high school. In the first years, it is
taught in the local Creole language seselwa, but English is
introduced in the first grade and is the language of
instruction from the fifth grade in primary school. It is
taught in French from 4th grade. In 2003, illiteracy was
estimated at approx. 8% of the adult population. See TOPSCHOOLSINTHEUSA for TOEFL, ACT, SAT testing locations and high school codes in Seychelles.
That same month, the Election Commission conducted a
registration of all voters in the country. This was based on
amendments to the Election Act, which included put a cap on
the candidates' consumption of money in the election
campaign. The ceiling was US $ 18,000 for parliamentary
seats and US $ 70,000 for the presidential office.
President Michel announced in early 2015 that he intended
to run for another term. The next presidential election was
originally scheduled to take place in 2016, but was
accelerated to the ballot in December 2015. Michel won it by
55% of the vote already in the first round. Opposition
leader Wavel Ramkalawan got 41.4%.
President Michel surprisingly announced in September 2016
that he was retiring. Vice President Danny Faure was then
inducted as new president. The change of power coincided
with the opposition winning the parliamentary elections. In
the parliamentary elections at the beginning of the month,
Michel's PP lost 17 seats in April and had to settle for 14.
In contrast, the new election alliance LDS came in with 19,
thus holding a majority in the 33-seat parliament. It was
the first time since 1979 that PP did not have a majority.
The opposition had boycotted the elections in 2011, but the
4 opposition parties had since formed LDS. It was now a
political double power situation, with one party sitting on
the presidential post and the other on the majority in