School and Education in Cabo Verde


The primary school is compulsory and covers the ages of 7-13 years. The education at this level is divided into two stages: Instrução Primária between 7 and 11 years and Escola Preparatória between 11 and 13 years. In postgraduate education, you can choose between four liceus comprising three years of general education or a two-year preparatory university course.

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Almost all children start and finish primary school, where the proportion of girls is slightly lower than the proportion of boys. However, in the secondary school, to which 2/3 of the pupils go on, the girls are in the majority. There is a state and a private university in the country.

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The reading and writing skills of the adult population (over 15 years) were estimated in 2009 to be a total of 85% (90% for men and 80% for women). In the same year, 16% of government spending went to education.

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