Education in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic – Education

In the Dominican Republic, the education system is characterized by the desire to use education as an active tool in the transition from agricultural society to industrial society. This was reflected in the 1970’s and 1980’s in the focus on youth and vocational education, although the economic framework for education as a whole fell: from 2.2% of GDP in 1980 to 1.5% in 1986. Combating illiteracy is an important goal of education policy, but as early as 1990, almost 17% of all adults were illiterate. Almost all children come to school; the class quotient is high: one teacher for every 47 children (1989).

There is an eight-year teaching obligation. The education system includes a voluntary pre-school for 3-6-year-olds, only applied for by 14% (1989), and a primary school for 7-14-year-olds with a superstructure of youth and vocational education. The private schools are socially important, but are only sought after by a few children and young people.

Higher education is offered at eight universities and colleges. The University of Santo Domingo was established in 1538 and is the oldest in America.

OFFICIAL NAME: Dominican Republic

CAPITAL CITY: Santo Domingo

POPULATION: 9,440,000 (Source: COUNTRYaah)

AREA: 48,440 kmĀ²

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE (S): Spanish, French-Creole

RELIGION: Catholics 95%, others 5%

COIN: peso oro


ENGLISH NAME: Dominican Republic


POPULATION COMPOSITION: Of mixed African-European descent 73%, white 16%, black 11%

GDP PER residents: 5763 USD (2010)

LIFE EXPECTANCY: men 64 years, women 71 years (2007)




Dominican Republic is a Republic of the Caribbean Sea, it covers the eastern two thirds of the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles. In the 1900’s. the country has been subject to US foreign policy in the Central American area. Large and growing tourist incomes are now contributing to the development, but have not seriously remedied widespread poverty and the great social inequalities.

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Dominican Republic – Constitution

According to the 1966 Constitution with amendments from 1994, the executive power lies with the President, who is elected by direct election for a four-year term. He is assisted by a Vice President and a government appointed and led by him. Legislative power lies with the two chambers of Congress. The Senate has 32 members, one from each of the 31 provinces and the capital. The House of Representatives has 150 members, elected by proportional representation and with at least two from each province. Members of both chambers are elected for four-year terms by direct election. Check youremailverifier for Dominican Republic social condition facts.

Dominican Republic Education