It is a 10-year compulsory school in Colombia. Until
1990, the country had a centralized education system.
Following a comprehensive reorganization and
regionalization in 1990, a national education plan was
developed which suggests that much can be decided at local
level. The language of instruction is Spanish. Only
scattered attempts have been made to prepare educational
materials in local Native American languages. Large parts of
the education program are private, 18% in primary and 32% in
high school (2000). There are major differences in the
provision of schools in cities and in the countryside. Check
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The elementary school is 5 years old and the pupils are
6-11 years old. About. 90% of children start school, but
only approx. 70% complete 5 years. The high school is 6
years (4 + 2), and approx. 40% of the relevant age group
starts in upper secondary education.
The country has 265 higher education institutions, of
which approx. 50 is university. More than 60% of higher
education institutions are private. The largest university
is the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá,
founded in 1867.
Illiteracy is estimated to be approx. 8% (2000), with
large regional differences between city and country.