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Mauritius Country AET Profile

About Mauritius

Education is free up to college level and is compulsory between the ages of 5 and 12. The educational system is based largely in the British school system. Projected adult illiteracy rates for the year 2000 stand at 15.7% (male, 12.3%; female, 19.0%).

Postsecondary institutions include the University of Mauritius, the Mauritius College of the Air, and the Mahatma Gandhi Institute. In 1997–98, all institutions of higher learning combined had 6,419 pupils, 50% of which were female. Many university students study in Europe, India, Australia, and the United States. As of 1999, public expenditure on education was estimated at4.2% of GDP.

Sugarcane is the major crop. In 2001, 5.8 million tons of cane were produced. Sugarcane occupies 36% of Mauritius' total land area and 70% of its cultivated land. It is an estate economy, with 21 large estates accounting for over half of the land cultivated. The 32,000 small operations account for 25% of the land cultivated and are grouped into cooperatives. In 2001, processing of sugar accounted for 73% of the value added for crop products. Agriculture accounted for 6% of GDP and 21% of exports in 2001. Sugar's importance has diminished in recent years as manufacturing and tourism have grown.

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