Education in Guinea Bissau - An Overview
The Republic of Guinea Bissau is country in West Africa. The education of Guinea-Bissau consists of two levels- primary and secondary. The duration of primary education is 6 years. Primary education is compulsory. Children of age 7 to 13 years attend primary schools. Despite provision compulsory education only half of the children join primary schools, the percentage of children reaching to 5 or 6 grades is alarmingly low, only about 26 percent. The number of girls attending school is around 32 % when compared to boys 58%. Only 58% girls completes 4th grade.
Secondary education is categorized into two distinct types- a 3-year general-secondary stream (grades 7 through 9) and 2-year postsecondary education (grades 10 through 12); and 3-year vocational programs. Upon completion of grade 9, students can attend the National School of Physical Education and Sport or the School of Law. The National lycee Kwame N'Krumah includes grades 7 through 12, while other lycees include only grades 7 through 9.
Vocational training is available for students who have completed Grade 6 and wish to take courses in vocational-technical training such as mechanics, construction, and agribusiness.