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What do you think of the current education system in Mauritius?
Not talking about this 9-year schooling.
It would be best to compare it with other schooling systems abroad but most of us, including myself, have only been through the Mauritian system.
To answer my own question: although much maligned, I think it's a very good system. It's brutal and competitive but competition is good. The downsides I see are that you are taught only academic subjects and those who fail the system don't have many other choices to fall back upon.