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Education in Seychelles

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In the early years of Seychelles, there had been little formal education available for the people.  Schools were not present until the mid 1800s when both the Roman Catholics and Anglicans opened mission schools for the Seychelles people in 1851.  These mission schools were allowed to operate with monks and nuns from abroad as teachers.  In 1944, the government started to be responsible for the school systems but let the missionaries continue their work in teaching.  The first technical college was opened in 1970.  As a result, the country produced more locally trained teachers as many new schools were being established.

  The government upgraded its efforts towards better education throughout the years.  In 1981, a new system of free education for the people was placed in effect that required children starting in age 5 for grades 1 to 9 to attend school.  This has been widely accepted by the Seychelles people.  About 90% of children age 4 attend nursery in anticipation for their elementary education.

  In the late 1980s, the literacy rate of the country rose to 90% of school-aged children.  The government promoted adult literacy programs thoroughly for those who had not been taught to read nor write when they were children.  The adult literacy classes catapulted the adult literacy rate to 60% and then to 85% in 1991.

  The public school system is comprised of 23 crèches, 25 primary schools and 13 secondary schools scattered in Mahé, Praslin, La Digue and Silhouette.  There are also 3 private schools located in Mahé namely École Française, International School and the Independent school.  The country also has 7 post-secondary schools, all of them non-tertiary.  The government has plans to open up its own university in the islands in cooperation of the University of London.

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