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Liberia Country AET Profile

About Liberia

Although education is compulsory from ages 6 to 16, probably fewer than half of all children aged 6–18 are in school.

There are three institutions of higher learning: the government operated University of Liberia in Monrovia (established in 1862); Cuttington University College at Monrovia, an Episcopalian institution; and a three-year engineering school, the William V. S. Tubman College of Technology, founded at Monrovia in 1978.

On average, 11% of the government's total annual budget is allocated to education.

Before the civil war, agriculture was the main source of livelihood for the great majority of Liberians. Except on plantations operated by foreign concessionaires and wealthy Liberians, farming techniques are primitive. The "bush rotation" system of shifting cultivation is followed, in which the farmer clears up to two ha (5 acres) of wild forest or low bush each year, lightly cultivates it with crude hand tools, and plants rice or cassava as the rainy season begins. In 1999, agriculture engaged about 68% of the labor force on 4% of the total land area. Estimated production of field crops in 1999 included cassava, 313,000 tons; sugarcane, 250,000 tons; and rice, 210,000 tons. The government maintains a retail price ceiling on rice. Rice and wheat productions are insufficient to meet local needs.

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Liberia - Current Student Enrolment and Academic Staffing

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