Education, Elementary and Secondary Schools
handicapped children, s Canada, school system, province, special schools
Education is compulsory for children from age 6 or 7 to age 15 or 16, depending on the province they live in, and it is free until the completion of secondary school studies. Participation in the school system is almost universal; in the 1993 to 1994 school year, 98.9 percent of all children of compulsory school age were enrolled in elementary and secondary schools. After the period of mandatory education is completed, participation decreases. Some 68.2 percent of all students graduate from secondary school.
In the early 1990s Canada maintained 19 special schools for the blind and the deaf. These institutions together enrolled about 2,400 pupils, who were instructed by some 575 teachers. Canada had several schools for mentally handicapped children.
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