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Education in Tunisia

The Tunisian State guarantees the right to education to every school-aged child. In 2012, the budget of education and higher education reached 6.1% of the GDP which is higher than the average allocated in OECD countries, which amounts to 5.7%.

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Education is compulsory and free up to 16 years of age: basic education lasts for nine years. He is classified among the best educational systems of the world. Education is free and compulsory until the age of 16; Elementary school lasts nine years. It is ranked among the best education systems in the world. The enrollment rate for 2011-2012 was of 99.4 % for ages 6 and 99 % for children between 6 and 11 years.

According to the latest statistics there are today in Tunisia:

4,523 primary schools

2,621 middle and high schools

195 institutions of higher education, of which one virtual university.

Quality of the public education system

  Quality of the public education system Quality of education in math and science
Country Rank Score Rank
Belgium 7 5.3 3
Germany 14 5.1 21
United Kingdom 26 4.6 50
France 43 4.2 15
Japan 50 4.1 34
Portugal 58 4 73
Czech Republic 67 3.7 83
Tunisia 71 3.7 31
Italy 72 3.6 61
Spain 77 3.6 88
Poland 87 3.4 69
Turkey 91 3.4 101
Romania 99 3.3 57
Morocco 110 3.1 52
Greece 112 3.1 58
Egypt 145 2.2 145

Index from 1 to 7, with a higher score indicating a more favorable situation.

Report on global Competitiveness 2013-2014, World Economic Forum of Davos

Data on the first cycle of elementary education

Year 2010/2011 2011/2012 2012/2013
Number of public education pupils in the first cycle 1003017  1014836  1029559
Number of public education teachers in the first cycle  57349  58833  59786
Number of public education schools - first cycle  4517  4523  4523
Average number of 1st cycle pupils per teacher  17.5  17.2  17.2
Number of public education groups of pupils in the first cycle  45471  46320  46534
Number of private education pupils in the first cycle  24953  28875  33732
Number of private education teachers in the first cycle  1893  2198  2667
Number of private education schools - first cycle  109  128  155
Average number of 1st cycle pupils per teacher in private education  13.2  13.1  12.6
Number of private education groups of pupils in the first cycle  1158  1345  1598

Source : Ministry of Education and Training

Data on the second cycle of elementary education

Year 2010/2011 2011/2012 2012/2013
Number of pupils in the 2nd cycle - elementary school (public)  469459  469368  463041
Number of teachers in the 2nd cycle - elementary school (public)  37900    
Number of public nursery schools  2154  2116  2055
Number of elementary school groups of pupils in the second cycle  17993  17978  17809
Average number of elementary school pupils per group in the 2nd cycle (public)  26.1  26.1  26.0
Average number of 2nd cycle pupils per teacher in elementary and secondary school (public)  12.9  12.6  12.4

Source : Ministry of Education and Training

Data on secondary education

Year 2008/2009 2009/2010 2010/2011 2011/2012 2012/2013
Number of secondary education pupils (public)  475483  481848  466939  453090  445559
Number of secondary education teachers (public)  35812  36589  37416    
Number of secondary education institutions (public)  502  524  511  521  524
Number of secondary school groups of pupils (public)  17704  18059  18012  17983  17900
Average number of secondary school pupils per group (public)  26.9  26.7  25.9  25.2  24.9
Average number of 2nd cycle pupils per teacher in elementary and secondary school (public)  14.0  13.4  12.9  12.6  12.4
Number of 2nd cycle pupils in elementary and secondary schools (private)  52768  56285  54914  57486  63784
Number of 2nd cycle teachers in elementary and secondary schools (private)  9192  9056  9246  8819  9271
Number of 2nd cycle educational institutions in elementary and secondary schools (private)  297  292  291  289  299
Number of 2nd cycle pupils' groups in elementary and secondary schools (private)  2612  2657  2704  2725  2925
Education expenditure as a percent of State budget        19.6  19.9
Public education expenditure as a percent of GDP        4.5  4.6

Source : Ministry of Education and Training

Schooling rate

Schooling rate at 6 per sex
Year 2008/2009 2009/2010 2010/2011 2011/2012 2012/2013
  Male 99.2 99.3 99.3 99.4 99.4
  Female 99.2 99.3 99.3 99.4 99.4
  Total 99.2 99.3 99.3 99.4 99.4
Schooling rate of the population aged 6-14 per sex
Year 2008/2009 2009/2010 2010/2011 2011/2012 2012/2013
  Male 97.4 97.9 98.0 98.8 98.9
  Female 98.0 98.5 98.6 99.1 99.2
  Total 97.7 98.2 98.3 99.0 99.0

Source : Ministry of Education and Training

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