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School and education in Guatemala

The difference between school in the countryside and in the cities is great. The last decades of the civil war have also left their mark on the education system. Primary school is compulsory for 6 years from the children are 7 years. Although Spanish is the official language, since 1960 it has been emphasized that children should be able to receive initial education in their mother tongue. The high school lasts up to 5 years, divided into two steps. There is a high degree of privatization of education in Guatemala. At the upper secondary level, approx. 47% of pupils in private schools. In 2001, 85% of the children in primary school started, the corresponding figure for the relevant age group in high school was 28%. According to UNESCO estimates, approx. 30% of the adult population illiterate in 2001. Check topschoolsintheusa for test centers of ACT, SAT, and GRE as well high schools in the country of Guatemala.

Study in Guatemala

There is one state university in the country, the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, founded in 1676, and several private higher education institutions.

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