Education in Maputo

School system in Maputo

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Mozambique has a public and private school system. The public school system is taught in Portuguese. English is introduced to students during secondary school, and is a compulsory course from sixth grade onwards.

In order to be taught entirely in English, students must enroll at one of three English-based private schools (see the International school section for more information).

The Mozambican school system is broken down into the following levels.

  1. Pre-school: For children under the age of 6
  2. Primary School, 1st degree ('EP1'): 5 years, grades 1 - 5, beginning at a minimum of age 6
  3. Primary School, 2nd degree ('EP2'): 2 years, grades 6 - 7
  4. Secondary School, 1st cycle: 3 years, grades 8 - 10
  5. Secondary School, 2nd cycle: 2 years, grades 11 - 12
  6. Tertiary school (university, technical college, etc.) - 2 - 5+ years

Technically, primary school is free and mandatory for all Mozambicans; however, in practice there are often a number of associated fees for books, uniforms, etc. These fees are an obstacle for many Mozambicans.

Private School in Mozambique

There is an enormous range of private schools located throughout Mozambique. Private schools vary in terms of courses offered, quality of the education, the cost of tuition and the language of instruction. Private schools are located throughout the country, but are most centralized in Maputo and Beira.

Generally, people prefer to send their children to private school if they can afford it. Here, you find lower class sizes, more qualified teachers and better resources for teaching.


There is an enormous range in the tuition fees charged by private schools (USD 100 - 2000+/semester). Most private schools do not publish their rates online. Rather, you will need to contact them directly. It is not uncommon for them to charge a fee for you to receive the full fee information.

Universities in Mozambique

Mozambique has 14 universities, half of which are public and half of which are private. Most universities are located in Maputo, and the school year runs from August to June. The language of instruction at all universities is Portuguese, and most universities will offer a 4 or 5-year Bachelor's ('Licenciatura') degree. Some offer Master's programs as well.

In order to apply to university, students must pas a university admission exam at the university they wish to apply to. After accepting students with the highest grades, unaccepted students have a chance to re-write the exam.

Some of the main universities in Mozambique include, the following:

Libraries in Maputo

Maputo has a variety of libraries, some of which offer English reading materials.

Update 15/06/2015


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