Schools in Mozambique

Education in Mozambique consists of three stages: primary education, secondary education and higher education.

While the country does have a functional national education system, many schooling programmes rely on international funding. Illiteracy and low completion rates are just two of the challenges that Mozambique faces. As a result, very few expats opt to send their children to public schools, preferring to make use of international schools instead.

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For the first seven years of school, starting from age six, education is compulsory. Drop-out rates are high – less than 50 percent of children complete primary school, and less than 10 percent enrol for the last two years of secondary school.

The language of instruction at public schools in Mozambique is in Portuguese, which creates a language barrier for many expats. While public schools are free, they are under-resourced and understaffed. Parents have to provide textbooks, uniforms and other extras.

Due to lack of space, many Mozambican public schools break up the school day into sessions, with some children attending a morning session and others coming to school in the afternoon. Sessions are short in order to accommodate as many students as possible, which naturally results in a superficial level of education. High levels of absenteeism among students, teachers and school directors worsen the situation.

There are a number of international schools in Mozambique, most of them in the capital and Beira. These schools teach the curriculum of a foreign country or a globally-recognised curriculum such as the International Baccalaureate.

The language of instruction is English for the majority of the schools, but there are also Portuguese and French international schools. International schools usually teach in the language associated with their country of origin.

Expats should note that demand is high, and space is limited, so applying for admission should be a main priority prior to moving to Mozambique. Tuition fees vary widely with the best international schools commanding high fees. Expats moving to Mozambique for work should attempt to negotiate a schooling allowance into their relocation package to cover these costs.