Education in Sierra Leone

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Education in Sierra Leone

Post by Guest on Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:05 pm

Education in Sierra Leone is legally required for all children for six years at primary level (Class P1-P6) and three years in junior secondary education,[77] but a shortage of schools and teachers has made implementation impossible.[78] Two thirds of the population of the country are illiterate.[79] The Sierra Leone Civil War resulted in the destruction of 1,270 primary schools and in 2001 67 percent of all school-age children were out of school.[78] The situation has improved considerably since then with primary school enrolment doubling between 2001 and 2005 and the reconstruction of many schools since the end of the war.[80] Students at primary schools are usually 6 to 12 years old, and in secondary schools 13 to 18. Primary education is free and compulsory in government-sponsored public schools.

The country has two universities: Fourah Bay College, founded in 1827 (the oldest university in West Africa),[81] and Njala University, primarily located in Bo District. Njala University was established as the Njala Agricultural Experimental Station in 1910 and became a university in 2005.[82] Teacher training colleges and religious seminaries are found in many parts of the country.

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