School and Education in Equatorial Guinea


The school system is relatively well developed according to African conditions. Approximately 92% of children (99% of boys and 84% of girls) begin compulsory five-year primary school. However, the quality of teaching is poor, the teachers’ level of education is low and there is a lack of teaching material. School fees mean that many cannot afford to keep children in school. Dropouts are common. About a quarter of the children begin the seven-year education that follows primary school. In the capital Malabo there is a university that cooperates with Spanish institutions. Hundreds of students study abroad. Illiteracy is relatively low in Equatorial Guinea compared to other sub-Saharan countries; about 86% (93% of men and 78% of women) can read and write.

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Land area 28,051 km²
Total population 836.178
Residents per km² 29.8
Capital Malabo
Official language Spanish
Income per capita $ 37,400
Currency CFA franc BEAC
ISO 3166 code GQ
Internet TLD .gq
License plate GQ
Telephone code +240
Time zone UTC +3
Geographic coordinates 2 00 N, 10 00 O