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Chad Country AET Profile

About Chad

The educational system is patterned on France's, and the language of instruction is French. Private schools of an exclusively religious character (such as the catechism classes of Christian missions and the Muslim schools) receive no assistance from public funds, but the schools that conform to the officially prescribed educational programs are aided by government grants. Education is theoretically compulsory between ages 6 and 12. Primary education lasts for six years followed by either general secondary education, which lasts for another seven years, or technical and vocational secondary education, which last for six. As of 1999, public expenditure on education was estimated at 1.7% of GDP.

In 1971, the University of Chad was officially opened in N'Djamena. The university had three faculties—sciences; law and economics; and letters and human sciences. There is a zoological and veterinary institute at Farcha, a national communications college in Sarh, and a national college of administration in N'Djamena. In 1996, all higher level institutions had 288 teaching staff and 3,274 pupils.

Only 2.6% of Chad's land is cultivated. Agriculture engaged 76% of the active population in 1999, and accounted for 39% of GDP. Prolonged periodic droughts and civil war and political instability have cut agricultural production and necessitated food relief. Because of drought, annual cereal production can widely fluctuate. Chad's cereal production totaled 1,400,000 tons in 1999.

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