You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Comoros with fee information. It includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools and you will find the right school to prepare for International Baccalaureate, and other diploma in Comoros. Some schools will follow the French education system.
There are two kinds of schools on the island nation of Comoros. Traditional Islamic schools center on the rudiments of the Islamic faith and Arabic. The other school system are the state run schools with instruction is French. The Ministry of National Education and Professional Training is responsible for education policy of the state schools. The education system is based on the French system, with French the language of the government administration. Enrollment has increased as the system has continued to develop. Improvement in educational facilities was funded in 1993 by loans from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the African Development Bank. However, adult literacy remains low at just over 50 percent.
Comoran law requires all children to complete eight years of schooling between the ages of seven and fifteen, but the government does not enforce attendance. Boys are often given preference.
Local schools are not geared for an international student body, so an international schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Comoros. Schools usually follow a French curriculum model. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in French or English. International schools provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.
Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.
The CoIS (Council of International Schools) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools.
Ecole Henri Matisse
Address: BP 2516
Tel: (+269) 73 09 38
Tuition Rates: 1,464 to 1,851 euros per year
This school was opened in 1978 and is managed by an association of parents. It is part of the network of French schools abroad, AEFE. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs governs curriculum. Education is provided for pre-kindergarten to secondary. The majority of students are bi-national Franco-Comoran.