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Education in Comoros - An Overview

Comoros is the island nation in Indian Ocean. Its constitution permits for 3 official languages, i.e French Language, Arabic Language, Comorian language.

All children in Comoros attend Quranic School and learn some classical Arbic and Islamic faith. The children start attending Quranic schools at 5 years of age. Sometimes, these children work with teachers. Quranic education continued for 2 to 3 years is provided for free.

The formal system of education in Comoros was first introduced by French consisting of primary and secondary schools. The French based formal education is still continues. The primary schooling requires 6 years of studies and secondary education 7 years. The Law of Comoros suggests that all children should attend primary schools at the age of 7 and finish secondary schools at the age of 15. In total, 8 years of education is compulsory in Comoros.

Given below is the statistical data from UNICEF about education and literacy in Comoros-

  • Youth (15-24 years) literacy rate (%), 2005-2010*, male- 86
  • Youth (15-24 years) literacy rate (%), 2005-2010*, female- 85
  • Number per 100 population , 2010, mobile phones- 22
  • Number per 100 population , 2010, Internet users- 5
  • Pre-primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, male- 27
  • Pre-primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, female- 26
  • Primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, male- 125
  • Primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, female- 114
  • Primary school participation, Net enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, male- 91
  • Primary school participation, Net enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, female- 84
  • Primary school participation, Net attendance ratio (%), 2005-2010*, male- 31
  • Primary school participation, Net attendance ratio (%), 2005-2010*, female- 31
  • Primary school participation, Survival rate to last primary grade (%) , 2005-2010*, survey data- 19
  • Secondary school participation, Net attendance ratio (%), 2005-2010*, male- 10
  • Secondary school participation, Net attendance ratio (%), 2005-2010*, female- 11

Many numbers of students of Comoros looking for higher education migrate to countries like US, UK to obtain diplomas and degrees. Various scholarships are also offered to students of Comoros.
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