Education in Seychelles

Joined Commonwealth: 1976

Population: 92,000 (2012)

GDP p.c. growth: 2.0% p.a. 1990–2011

UN HDI 2012: World ranking 46

Net primary enrolment: 94% (2011)

Net secondary enrolment: 95.2% (2011)

Gross tertiary enrolment: 1.4% (2011)

Adult literacy: 91.8% (2012)

Public spending on education was 2.9% of GDP in 2012.

The Ministry of Education’s mission is to provide education that is at the same time rooted in the country’s culture and history and acting as an agent of social and economic transformation. Informed by the principles of quality, equity and accountability, the government’s strategic objective for education is to empower young people in order to enhance national productivity and social cohesion, and to enable them to participate fully in the global market place.

There are ten years of compulsory education starting at the age of six. Primary school comprises six years and secondary five, with cycles of three and two years. Some 94 per cent of pupils complete primary school (2010). The school year starts in January. Teaching is in Creole, French and English.

The Seychelles Polytechnic opened in January 1983 at Anse Royale on the island of Mahé. It offers courses in business and the visual arts to diploma level and has been providing first-year degree courses in conjunction with the University of Manchester, UK, since 2001. The Seychelles Institute of Technology was established in Providence, Mahé, in 2005-06, incorporating the technical studies programmes of the Polytechnic. Other important tertiary institutions include the National Institute of Education, National Institute for Health and Social Studies, Agricultural and Horticultural Training Centre, Maritime Training Centre and Seychelles Tourism Academy. The female-male ratio for gross enrolment in tertiary education is 3.40:1 (2011). Literacy among people aged 15-24 is 99 per cent (2010).