Education System in Ecuador

Ecuador is a South American country which shares its boundaries with Peru on east and south, Columbia on the north and Pacific Ocean on the west. It has a humid subtropical climate mostly on the plains and the coastal regions and cool, dry spell near the Andes ranges.

Education is provided by the government. Primary education is free and compulsory for six years beginning at age six. Secondary education varies from seriously overcrowded public institutions to elite private institutions emphasizing bilingualism in English, French, or German. The Ecuadorian Constitution requires that all children attend school until they achieve a “basic level of education,” which is estimated at nine school years.

The 2008 Constitution of Ecuador has abolished tuition in public universities. Starting in 2012, admission to the country's 29 public universities will be based on an aptitude test.

Education Structure in Ecuador

The education in Ecuador takes the following path:
Kindergarten: Below 6 years of age

Primary School: Grades 1 to 6
  • Age: 6 to 12
Secondary School: Grades 7 to 12
  • Age: 12 to 18
University Education: Higher education system in Ecuador is similar to education systems in other countries of Latin America.

National Polytechnic School also known as EPN, is a public university located in Quito, Ecuador. Its known for research and education in the applied science, astronomy, atmospheric physics, engineering and physical sciences.
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