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Education in Cape Verde - An Overview

Cape Verdean schools conducts classes in Portuguese language. Crioulo is also used but not as language of instruction. This is mainly because, before 1975 Cape Verde was Portuguese colony. Post independence the quality of education in Cape Verde has declined. The main reasons in decline of level of education in Cape Verde are lack of adequate learning spaces, lack of materials, and teachers with little or no training, among other possible factors. The Netherlands is offering helping hand to Cape Verde to strengthen pre school education. Primary schooling is compulsory is free in Cape Verde.

The education system in Cape Verde is structured as -

  • Primary Education – Duration 3 years
  • Secondary Education – Duration 5 years 

Candidates who completes secondary level of education may proceed for higher education through a national institute or may look overseas US, UK, Etc to obtain a college diploma or higher.

Following given UNICEF Statistical Data about Education in Cape Verde

  • Youth (15-24 years) literacy rate (%), 2005-2010*, male- 97
  • Youth (15-24 years) literacy rate (%), 2005-2010*, female- 99
  • Number per 100 population , 2010, mobile phones- 75
  • Number per 100 population , 2010, Internet users- 30
  • Pre-primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, male- 60
  • Pre-primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, female- 62
  • Primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, male- 102
  • Primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, female- 94
  • Primary school participation, Net enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, male- 84
  • Primary school participation, Net enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, female- 82
  • Primary school participation, Survival rate to last primary grade (%) , 2006-2009*, admin. Data- 86
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