The school system is poorly developed even after West
Indian conditions. In principle, schooling is free of charge
and compulsory for ages 5 to 15, but a shortage of teachers,
premises and teaching materials makes schooling sporadic for
many. The proportion of illiterate adults is estimated to be
about 18%. There are no opportunities for higher education.
Roseau, the capital of Dominica, independent Caribbean island; 16,600
residents (2007). The town is located on the hillside on the southwest coast and
is somewhat marked by tourism; however, the harbor is too shallow to receive
cruise ships, which must anchor up the nest.
Roseau was destroyed by the French in 1805 and by Hurricane David in 1979;
yet it has many colonial-style houses. Just outside the city is the 60 m high
waterfall Trafalgar, which has both a cold and a warm stream, the latter from
hot springs, of which there are several on the volcanic island.