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School and education in Guinea-Bissau

In Guinea-Bissau the education follows a 6-3-2 system, where the primary school lasts for 6 years, the secondary school for 3 years and the secondary school for 2 years. According to UNESCO, in 2011, 45% of the population over 15 years were illiterate.

Study in Guinea-Bissau

Basic education

The official school age is 7 years. In 2010, both primary and secondary schools became compulsory. The education is free in the public system.

Higher education

In 2003, the country's first university was opened in the capital Bissau. Previously, students had to a large extent had to study abroad, with the consequence that many never returned.

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