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School and education in the Maldives

Officially, there is 7 years of compulsory schooling in the Maldives. Traditionally, there are three different school types: Quranic schools, Maldivian-language elementary schools and English-language primary and secondary schools. The primary school is 7-year (5 + 2), high school 5-year (3 + 2). Only the English-language schools use the public curricula. In 2000, 99% of children attended primary school. The rate of illiteracy of the adult population is estimated at 2.8%, one of the lowest rates in Southeast Asia (2003). There are no universities, but several higher education institutions.

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