University of Zulia, Central University of Venezuela, Barquisimeto, adult literacy rate, Maracaibo
Education in Venezuela is free and compulsory for children between the ages of 6 and 15. The adult literacy rate in 2001 was 98 percent. The country’s 15,984 primary and preprimary schools had a total enrollment of 4.3 million pupils and were staffed by 185,748 teachers; secondary schools had an enrollment of 378,000 students.
In the mid-1990s about 551,000 students were enrolled in institutions of higher education, which included the Central University of Venezuela (1721) and Andres Bello Catholic University (1953), in Caracas; the University of the Andes (1785), in Merida; the University of Zulia (1891), in Maracaibo; and the Polytechnical Institute (1962), in Barquisimeto.
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