Education in Venezuela is free, universal and compulsory. Approximately 20% of the national budget is assigned to education, one of the highest percentages in the world. The literacy rate is 89.5%.
Through the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, the Venezuelan government provides education at all levels.
There are nine
years of elementary school, two to three years of secondary school, and three to
five years of university or technological studies.
universities, both national and private, and
over 74 institutes of higher learning, colleges and polytechnic institutes where
students can pursue over 180 different fields of professions.