The education system was characterized in the early 1990s
by the fact that almost half of the families lived below the
poverty line, while a growing class of entrepreneurs and
skilled workers demanded good education. Although the
Constitution prescribes compulsory schooling for everyone
aged 6-15 and guarantees free education, one third of the
younger pupils came to school only part-time, and among the
10-14 year olds, almost one-fifth did not appear at all. The
primary school is 6 years old, beginning at the age of 6–7.
The secondary school is also six years old, with two stages
every three years. The intake increased fivefold from 1960
to 1990, but quarrying was great. Check topschoolsintheusa for test centers of ACT, SAT, and GRE as well high schools in the country of Panama.
Higher education was conducted at the beginning of the
1990s at two state universities, one general and one
technological, and four private universities. The quality of
teaching is low, since the teachers have no research
experience. In the 1990s Panama, the education of
technicians, who can promote modernization, as well as the
attempts to reach the extremely poor to give them the skills
to raise their standard of living, is given priority.