The educational system in Guinea is strongly influenced by French tradition. The training is free at all levels. Compulsory six-year undergraduate education begins at the age of seven. The supplementary education is seven years and is divided into two levels comprising four and three years. In 1984, French was introduced as the only language of instruction, but teaching in the eight local languages has been reintroduced. Universities are located in Conakry and Kankan.
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Approximately one in four children get the chance to start school and many students end prematurely. Significantly more boys than girls go to school. The reading and writing skills of the adult population (over 15 years) were estimated in 2009 to total 39% (51% for men and 28% for women). In 2008, 19% of government spending went to education.
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In October, MSF reported a high number of infected people at their Conakry clinics. In November, the WHO announced that growth had apparently stabilized. There were a high number of cases, but despite fluctuations it did not seem to grow. By mid-December, there were 2,416 reported cases in Guinea, of which 1,525 had died. 42 health workers were also infected and dead.
Condé was re-elected President in October 2015 with 57.8% of the vote. There had been some clashes during the election campaign that had cost 20 lives and hundreds more wounded, and the opposition had declared in advance that it would not accept the result. The government had banned the opposition in advance from conducting demonstrations and several hundred members of trade unions, parties and NGOs were arbitrarily arrested in the months leading up to the election. Condé’s main counterpart, Cellou Dalein Diallo, got 31.4% of the vote. The election was overseen by a large delegation of election observers from the AU and the EU. The EU observers reported many irregularities in the process, even though the result was generally considered “valid”.
Fofana resigned as prime minister in December and was replaced at the post by Mamady Youla.
Conakry, capital of Guinea in West Africa; 1.67 million residents (2014). The town is located on a 10 km long, narrow peninsula with the city center and deep water port at the far end of the peninsula and new neighborhoods in the highlands at the bottom. The center is marked by the harbor’s storage areas and railway tracks; there are large transport time distances due to the elongated shape of the city. The port handles part of Guinea’s bauxite exports, and the city is especially a trade, administration and service city. The population is growing strongly due to high immigration from the rest of the country.
Conakry was founded by the French in 1884 on the island of Tombo; the strait between Tombo and the peninsula has since been filled. The right-angled street network is preserved in the city center.