The school system has three stages: 6 years compulsory
primary school, 3 years preparatory secondary school and 3
years actual secondary school. All school education is free.
Almost as many girls as boys attend primary and secondary
school. Most children and young people complete school
education up to the upper secondary level and 98% of young
people under 25 are literate. Investments have been made to
equalize educational level differences between cities and
countryside, as well as to raise the educational level of
the adult population. The rapidly increasing demand for
education has led to many students on government grants
studying abroad. At the same time, the teacher shortage has
led to a significant import of teachers. Check topschoolsintheusa for test centers of ACT, SAT, and GRE as well high schools in the country of Oman.
Sultan Qabu University was founded in 1985 with five
faculties: medicine, technology, science, agriculture as
well as teacher education and Islamic science. In the
2007/08 academic year, 14,700 students were enrolled. In
addition, there are a number of state and private higher
education institutions. Women today constitute a majority of
the students in higher education in Oman.