Education in Timor Leste
The education system of Timor Leste also called East Timor includes six years of primary education and six years of secondary education. In the year 2000, the language of instruction was Indonesian, however, many people are in favor of national language of Tetum as a primary language with Portuguese and English as secondary languages.
In 2001, East Timor appointed its first minister of education. There were about 240,000 primary and secondary school students enrolled in classes with over 700 primary schools, 100 junior secondary schools, 40 preschools, and 10 technical colleges.
The literacy rate of Timor Leste as of 2001 was 48% of the population ages 15 and over.
The National University of East Timor started functioning on 27 November 2000. In 2003, students in attendance were 5,000 students. There are five faculties at the National University of East Timor: agriculture, political science, economics, education and teacher training, and engineering. All new students follow a course including human rights, ethics, philosophy of science, and Timorese history.