Education in Mauritius

Education in Mauritius
Updated 2019-06-07 15:14

In Mauritius, education is mandatory for students up to the age of 16, and is free from primary to secondary level and is compulsory for all students up to the age of 16. Public schools (referred to as Government schools in Mauritius) follow the British system of education, while private primary and secondary schools tend to follow the International Baccalaureate programme or the French Education System.

The schooling system in Mauritius is divided into three levels: primary, secondary, and tertiary. Uniforms are usually mandatory in all schools, except in French schools.

For a while, there was a low success rate at the CPE examinations (Certificate of Primary Education), held at the end of the primary level, which prompted a review of the education system. This led to the government introducing the concept of the «nine-year schooling» in 2015, which in turn led to the abolition of the CPE exams.

The O levels (the Cambridge School Certificate) and the A levels (Higher School Certificate ' the equivalent of the International Baccalaureate) are important examinations that then allow students to move on to higher educational institutions, as well as English-speaking universities in Mauritius. Studies in English are preferred, as it broadens the scope of the tertiary education by providing opportunities to go abroad or to do online degrees from affiliated universities.

English schooling

The school system in Mauritius is heavily based on the British schooling system, and thus the standard of education is quite high and challenging. As of 2017, the pass rate under the British system (HSC Exams) was 75.46%.

Scholarships for undergraduate studies are offered to the best students with the best grades from the government, in allocated fields (science, languages, technology, economics). Scholarships are available to those wishing to study in Mauritius but also abroad, such as the COMESA Media Journalism Award, World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Program, and the SBM Undergraduate Scholarship.

English is the official language of Mauritius, and therefore most courses are in English as from the primary level, meaning that most Mauritian students are at the very least bilingual by secondary school.

Children of expatriates who are enrolled in the Mauritian education system usually benefit from refresher courses which are provided by the school, or they have the option of taking private tuition. International schools are privately operated, and entry is subject to registration and tuition fees, which tend to be high.

Le Bocage International School

Le Bocage International School offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) program for students aged between 11 and 18 years. Annual fees range from USD 10,850 (Form 1 to Form 5) to USD 11,875 (Form 6 to Form 7), with a required payment of USD 1,330 to cover the capital levy. The fees include the textbooks for the year and PTA fees.

Address: Mount Ory, Moka Mauritius
Phone: 230 433 9900
Fax: 230 433 9900

International Preparatory School

The International Preparatory School (IPS) is a private, pre-primary and primary school in the Labourdonnais village, and classes are taught in English. Annual fees are about USD 7,900, excluding a refundable deposit of USD 2,120.

Address: Labourdonnais, Mapou, Mauritius
Phone: 230 266 1973
Fax: 230 266 8112

Hampton School

Hampton is a private school operating primarily in English, and offers daycare (from 6 months to 3 years) as well as schooling at pre-primary (from 3-5 years) and primary levels (from 5-11 years). The Hampton Primary School lets its students compete in national (CPE Exams) and international (Young Cambridge Learner's Certificate and Alliance Française Certificate) exams in their last academic year. This school also boasts a 100% CPE pass rate for the past five years (2012-2016).

Address: Buswell Avenue, Quatre-Bornes,
Phone: 230 465 5229

Northfields International School

Northfields is a reputable school in Mauritius, which provides an English-medium education to students aged between 9-18 years. It offers educational programmes under the International Baccalaureate and the Cambridge International Examinations (AS and HSC) systems. The school also has boarding facilities. The Northfields Nursery and Junior School, located close to the Northfields International School, provides education to children from 18 months to four years of age.

Address: Main Road, Labourdonnais Village,
Mapou, 31803, Mauritius
Phone: 230 266 9448/9
Fax: 230 266 9447

Clavis International Primary School

The Clavis International Primary School is a private school that offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) for students aged between 3-11 years old. The annual fee ranges from USD 4,275 to USD 6,850, and includes books and the annual PTA. The registration fee is around USD 1,150.

Address: Mount Ory, Moka Mauritius
Phone: 230 433 4439
Fax: 230 433 2979


The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) targets students from Commonwealth countries who can make a positive impact on their home country after the completion of a higher education programme in the UK. The preliminary selection of candidates is carried out in Mauritius by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources (MOEHR).

Useful link:

Ministry of Education and Human Resources - Scholarships Section

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