In Gabon, the education follows a 5-4-3 system, where the
primary school lasts for 5 years, the secondary school for 4
years and the secondary school for 3 years. According to
UNESCO, in 2011, 11% of the population over 15 years were
Children start school at age 6. In principle, education
is free and it is compulsory to complete secondary school.
The teaching is given at public and private schools, as well
as at a number of mission schools.
Higher education is offered at vocational schools,
colleges and universities. Omar Bongo University is the
country's leading university and is located in the capital
Libreville. An academic school year lasts a minimum of 30
weeks and is divided into trimester (October-December,