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Seychelles Country AET Profile

About Seychelles

Since 1980, public education has been free and compulsory for the ten-year period of primary schooling for children between the ages of 6 and 16. Adult literacy was estimated at 85% in 1990. In the absence of higher education facilities, many students study abroad, mainly in the United Kingdom. As of 1999, public expenditure on education was estimated at 6% of GDP.

Although agriculture has long been the basis of the Seychelles economy, it contributes only about 5% to GDP. Production in 1999 included coconuts, 3,000 tons; and bananas, about 2,000 tons. Tea planting began in the early 1960s. Other crops produced for export are cinnamon bark, vanilla, cloves, and patchouli (an essence used in soap and perfume). In 1999, the Seychelles exported 214 tons of cinnamon bark and 236 tons of tea. Sweet potatoes, yams, breadfruit, and cassava are grown in small quantities but are not sufficient to satisfy the local demand. Oranges, lemons, grapefruit, bananas, and mangoes meet the local requirement only in season.

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