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Educational System in Bahrain

Bahrain University
Bahrain University

Bahrain’s formal school system dates back to 1932 and is the oldest in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. Since the promulgation of the 2005 Education Act, education is compulsory and free for all children, citizen and non-citizen alike, from ages 6 to 15 (corresponding with the primary and intermediate levels). Although the new law imposes fines on parents whose children fail to attend school, the authorities are not known to enforce this rule strictly. The enrolment of girls at the non-compulsory secondary level is almost 100 percent and for boys about 90 percent. According to Bahrain’s Ministry of Education, during the 2011-2012 academic year, Bahrain’s schools enrolled 62,958 boys and 64,023 girls.

The most important institutions of higher education are Bahrain University and Arabian Gulf University. There are twelve private universities and several specialized institutes.

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