In Brunei, education is compulsory and free
of charge for 12 years from the age of five. Virtually
all adult citizens can read and write. Nine out of ten
children start first grade and eight out of ten go on to
high school after the first six years.
The schools are divided according to the three
official languages of Malay, English and Chinese.
While the Malay and English schools are state, they are
Chinese private schools that do not receive state
subsidies. From elementary school upwards, a large part
of the teaching takes place in English.
Country facts of Brunei, including geography profile, population statistics, and business data.
All religious teaching is controlled by the state
school system. Since 2013, Islamic education is
compulsory for all Muslim children between the ages of 7
and 15. Muslim parents who do not ensure that their
children receive Islamic education are fined.
There are a handful of universities in Brunei. Many
also study abroad at the expense of the state.