Llallagua, Tarija, Oruro, Cochabamba, Sucre
Primary education is nominally free and compulsory for children between the ages of 6 and 14. However, the public schools, although increasing in number, do not meet the needs of Bolivia. The country’s literacy rate is 96 percent.
In 1996 almost all children were enrolled in primary schools. Only 40 percent of secondary school-aged children attended school. Enrollment in institutions of higher education was 24 percent.
Bolivia has ten universities: in Sucre, La Paz (two), Cochabamba, Llallagua, Oruro, Potosi, Santa Cruz, Tarija, and Trinidad. San Francisco Xavier University (1624), in Sucre, is one of the oldest in the Americas. The University of San Andres (1830), in La Paz, is the largest university in Bolivia, with a student enrollment of about 37,000.
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