Education in Andorra

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Education in Andorra is mandatory for all children aged 6 to 16.

Primary and secondary education[edit]

There are essentially three coexisting school systems in the country: French, Spanish, and Andorran.[1] The French government partially subsidizes education in Andorra’s French-language schools; schools in the southern section, near Spain, are supported by the church. The local language, Catalan, has been introduced at a school under the control of the Roman Catholic Church.

39% of Andorran children attend Andorran schools, 33% French schools and 28% Spanish schools.[2] In general, Andorran schools follow the Spanish curriculum, and their diplomas are recognized by Spain.

Primary school enrollment in 2003 was estimated at about 89%; 88% for boys and 90% for girls. The same year, secondary school enrollment was about 71%; 69% for boys and 74% for girls. The pupil to teacher ratio for primary school was at about 12:1 in 2003; the ratio was about 7:1 for secondary classes.[citation needed]

Higher education[edit]

The University of Andorra was established in July 1997.[3] It has a small enrollment and mostly offers long-distance courses through universities in Spain and France. The majority of secondary graduates who continue their education attend schools in France or Spain.[1] In 2003, about 8% of eligible adult students were enrolled in tertiary programs. Virtually the entire adult population is literate. Andorra also has a nursing school and a school of computer science.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hörner, Wolfgang; Döbert, Hans; Kopp, Botho von; Mitter, Wolfgang. The Education Systems of Europe. Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 32–34. ISBN 9781402048746.
  2. ^ "Andorra's School System". Andorra Guides. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Andorra". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 20 March 2017.