Macoris, compulsory education, western hemisphere, San Pedro, Santiago
The Dominican Republic provides free, compulsory education to children between the ages of 5 and 14. Some 91 percent of the population aged 15 or older is literate. In the 1998-1999 school year 1 million pupils attended primary schools. While virtually all children attend primary school, only 66 percent of secondary school-aged children were enrolled.
The Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, founded in 1538, is the oldest in the western hemisphere. Other universities include Pedro Henriquez Urena National University (1966) in Santo Domingo, and institutions in Santiago, San Pedro de Macoris, and San Francisco de Macoris. There also are vocational schools and institutions for teacher training.
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