The children start school at the age of six
and the vast majority now attend at least the compulsory
first six years. The resource shortage is large and many
teachers have inadequate education. Around two-thirds of children also attend the
four-year high school and two- or three-year high
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The school system is built according to the Dutch
model, with some reforms since 1980. Dutch is the
dominant language of instruction.
The training is free of charge, even at higher
levels. Many schools, from preschool to high school, are
run under the auspices of the church. Outside of the
countryside, the shortage of resources is particularly
great and some teachers lack complete education.
There are several higher education schools and a
university in Paramaribo.
FACTS - EDUCATION
Proportion of children starting primary
90.2 percent (2017)
Number of pupils per teacher in primary
Reading and writing skills
92.9 percent (2012)