In Brazil, 8-year-olds are compulsory and free primary
school from the children is 7 to 14 years old. About. 97% of
children start primary school. The high school lasts for 3
to 4 years. About. 70% of the 15-17 age group starts in high
school. The operation of primary and secondary schools falls
under the state and municipalities. Education policy has
emphasized decentralization of the education sector since
There are close to 900 higher education institutions, 25%
of which are public and 75% private. 130 of these have
university status. Around 20% take higher education. The
federal government is responsible for higher education. Check topschoolsintheusa for test centers of ACT, SAT, and GRE as well high schools in the country of Brazil.
There are large regional differences in participation in
education and quality of education, especially between
schools in the southern part of the country and in the
poorer areas of the north. School development has also not
kept pace with population growth. At all levels there are
private schools, most of which are upper secondary and
Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, one of today's
best-known educators, worked to combat illiteracy in Brazil.
He wrote in 1968 the pedagogy of the oppressed. His
ideas have been seen as a contribution to the teaching of
illiteracy throughout the world.
The proportion of illiterate persons has dropped
considerably, but in 2000 it was estimated to be approx. 13%
of the population over the age of 15, roughly equally
divided between men and women.