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Statistics on literacy rates, education expenditures and educational institutions in Costa Rica.

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Literacy Rate 

% of population age 15 and olderYear
96%  2009
95.2%  2005
95.0%  2000

Source: World Bank

Government Expenditures on Education as % of GNP

Year

Percentage

2006 5.0%
2007 5.3%
2008 5.5%
2009 6.9%


Matriculation - Public & Private

Level

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Preschool 116,868 103,298 115,148 116,175 115,319
Primary 540,687 531,559 528,130 524,761 513,095
Secondary 385,302 287,492 391,330 418,185 426,735
Total 1,071,096 1,048,581 1,061,047 1,083,586 1,082,070


Total # of Educational Institutions

Type

2006 

2007

2008

2009

2010

Preschool 2,750 2,731 2,755  2,778 2,809
Primary 4,026  4,034 4,044 4,071  4,077
Secondary 752  792 810 830 843
Night Schools 5 5 5 5 5
Special Education 1,713 1,183 1987 2,129 2,184
Total 9,246 9,375 9,601 9,813 9,918


English as a Second Language*

Level

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Cycles I & II 74.8% 76.5% 79.6% 80.3% 82.7%
Cycles I & II (Distance ed) 0.8% 1.0% 0.7% 0.6% 0.5%
Transitional 13.9% 14.1% 13.5% 13.6% 15.5%
Level II Interactive 1.7% 1.2% 1.3% 0.7% 0.5%

*Rates reflect Preschool and Primary schools; English is offered at all public and private High Schools.

Source: Ministerio de Educacion Publica (MEP)

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