Benin has six years of compulsory schooling. The tuition, given in French, is free. The primary school (4,500 schools) starts at the age of six and is six years old. The secondary school, which comprises a four-year and a three-year stage, starts at the age of 12. In 2005, 78% of children of relevant age were enrolled in primary schools and 33% in secondary schools. In 2002, UNESCO estimated the proportion of literacy in the adult population to be 34.7% (47.9% men, 23.3% women).
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|Land area||112,622 km²|
|Residents per km²||114.2|
|Capital||Porto Novo (official); Cotonou (seat of government)|
|Income per capita||2,300 USD|
|Currency||CFA Franc BCEAO|
|ISO 3166 code||BJ|
|Time zone UTC||+1|
|Geographic coordinates||9 30 N, 2 15 O|
Higher education is given, among other things. at the University of Cotonou, founded in 1970. In 1999, the university had just over 16,000 students, of which 20% were women. It consists of 19 institutions spread over six campuses. In 2005, 14.1% of the state budget went to the education sector.
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