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Port-au-Prince, language comprehension, agronomy, compulsory, foreign universities

By law, education is free and compulsory in Haiti for children between the ages of 6 and 12. In practice, access to education is sharply limited by school location, language comprehension (classes are taught in French), the cost of school clothes and supplies, and the availability of teachers. Only about 152 percent of the primary-school aged children actually attend school. As a consequence of limited educational opportunities, only 65 percent of the adult population is literate. The University of Haiti (1944), located in Port-au-Prince, has colleges of medicine, law, business, agronomy, social sciences, architecture, and engineering. In the early 1990s, about 1,500 students were enrolled there. Many university-level students attend foreign universities.



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Port-au-Prince, language comprehension, agronomy, compulsory, foreign universities, adult population, colleges of medicine, percent, architecture, ages, school location, French, supplies, classes, law, practice, engineering, social sciences, business, access

 
 

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