SEATTLE — Mauritius, a former British colony, focuses its educational goals on increasing equal access to quality education. Below are five things that everyone should know about education in Mauritius.
- The education system in Mauritius is based on the British model. Similar to how Great Britain structures its education system, the education system in Mauritius consists of primary school and secondary school. In Mauritius, students begin their primary education, which has a duration of six years, at the age of five. After their primary education in Mauritius, students enter secondary education where, after four years, they may choose whether or not to continue on for the remaining two years, which prepares them for their A-Levels.
- The adult literacy rate in Mauritius is higher than the average global literacy rate. As of 2015, the literacy rate in Mauritius for adults, classified as people age 15 or older, was 90.6 percent. This literacy rate is almost 5 percent higher than the global average, which is 86.25 percent.
- There is a gap in the literacy rates of men and women in Mauritius. In 1990, the literacy rate of females in Mauritius was at 76.1 percent, which was 9.5 percent lower than the average literacy rate for males in Mauritius. As of 2011, however, the literacy rate of women had decreased to become 5 percent smaller than the literacy rate of men in Mauritius. The country is still working to improve women’s education in Mauritius through legislation such as the Equal Opportunities Act, which strives to provide women with better quality education, among other objectives.
- One of the primary aims of education in Mauritius is to better prepare the country’s people to enter the workforce. The hope of the country’s education system is to help the students become better-assimilated citizens after their schooling. The imposition of this aim is dealt with by the Ministry of Education, which establishes the policies, and the Mauritius Institute of Education, which creates the coursework to put these policies into action.
- For primary education in Mauritius, the retention rate is 98 percent. In six years, from 1997 to 2003, the dropout rate from Standard VI to F1, which represent different levels of education in the system, decreased from 13.2 percent to 0.9 percent.
With an adult literacy rate higher than the global average, Mauritius has made positive progress in its education system since the 1990s. Mauritius continues to aim to improve education in the country, focusing on goals such as further increasing the adult literacy rate and making education more equal between men and women.
– Haley Rogers