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During the war years there were major obstacles to a continuous schooling, but soon after the end of the war the education system improved considerably. In the mid-1990s, almost 70% of children started compulsory school. Ten years later, the proportion was 84%, slightly higher among the boys among the girls. The language of instruction is Lao. However, only some of the children complete the five-year compulsory schooling, which begins when they are six years old. This is mainly the case in remote small mountain villages where minority languages are spoken and where road connections are poor. Since 1990 private primary schools have been established and now there are also voluntary preschools. According to the 2005 census, over 27% of the adult population was still illiterate - 18% of men and 37% of women. Check topschoolsintheusa for test centers of ACT, SAT, and GRE as well high schools in the country of Laos.

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The primary school is followed by a voluntary three-year secondary school, where just over 1/3 of the age school starts, and then there is a three-year continuing school. In 1996, Vientiane founded the state university National University of Laos. Higher technical education is found in a number of cities, as well as higher education in medicine, teaching and agriculture. In 2007, 11% of men and 7% of women started college.

In 2006, 3% of the country's GDP went to education, which is an internationally low percentage. There is a large shortage of school premises, materials and educated teachers, especially in the minority areas.

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