Education at both primary and secondary school levels is free of charge. Eleven years of schooling between 5 and 16 years are compulsory. The primary school covers six years between the ages of five and eleven. Secondary school starts at 11 years and comprises two cycles of five and two years respectively. In 2009, 94% of both boys and girls in the relevant age groups were enrolled in primary school. For the secondary school, the corresponding figure for the same year was 74%.
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Mauritius has two universities in Port Louis. A large number of university students study abroad.
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Of the total government expenditure in 2009, 11% went to the education sector. The education standard in the country is considered high, and in 2009 the reading and writing skills of the population over 15 years were estimated to total 88% (91% for men and 85% for women).