Education System in San Marino
The Constitution of San Marino makes compulsory arrangements for Education of children. Primary Education meant for children in the age group 6 to 14 years is compulsory. The adult literacy rate in San Marino is 98%. The teaching program in San Marino is based on curricula followed in neighboring Italy, and the certificates awarded by San Marinese schools are recognized by Italy. Children go through five years of Primary Education followed by three years of Secondary Education at the first stage and a further five years of Higher Secondary and Pre- University Education.
In 1997, there were 14 elementary schools, with 1,170 students and 221 teachers. In the same year, there were 1,192 students enrolled in different middle and upper Secondary Schools. There are also Vocational Training Schools and a Technical Institute in San Marino. San Marinese students attend University after successful completion of Secondary Education in San Marino, neighboring Italy and in different other countries abroad.
Primary Education: The literacy in San Marino is 98%,. School education based on the Italian model is free and compulsory from age 6 to 14. Children attend elementary school for 5 years. oceed on to the next grade.
Middle Education: After completion of primary school the next 3 years are spent at middle school. After completion of middle school can chose to go for further study or work.
Secondary Education: Higher secondary education takes a further 5 years to complete. The qualification obtained is equivalent to an Italian secondary school completion certificate.
Vocational Education: Young people disinterested in an academic senior school education have opportunities to attend vocational schools and adult education programs instead.
Tertiary Education: The University of San Marino was established in October 1995. It has faculties of biomedical studies, communication, economics and technology, historical studies, and law that offer programs through to master's degrees. It has a well-stocked library of over 30,000 books and 500 journals.