There is, in principle, a nine-year free basic education,
which is divided into three three-year stages. During the
first two stages, about 90% of children go to school, while
less than half do so during the third stage. School
conditions are significantly worse in rural areas than in
cities. The illiteracy of those 15 years and older is
estimated at 26% (1992). A private school system operated by
the Catholic Church exists alongside the state, especially
at the university level; some thirty colleges are private.
In San Salvador there is a state university, founded in
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