In Argentina education begins at the age of 3 with kindergarten. Until a few years ago this stage was optional.
3-6 years old: kindergarten
6-12: primary school
12-17: secondary school
There are various types of school in Argentina.
Private schools: Even though they get subventions from the Government, fees are paid to attend to these schools. They are all Catholic and in most cases bilingual. Some offer “double shift” (students attend morning and afternoon, unlike public schools) Also, students are required to dress in the specific school uniform when attending these sort of schools.
Public schools: As they get subventions from the Government, they cannot charge students. Contributions are always required though, as money is always needed.
Religion is banned from public schools as it’s understood that in their condition of public no differences should be made with students of other religions nor should any religion be imposed to anyone.
Public schools students don’t wear a school uniform, but all students of public school are required to dress in the same white lab coat. This was a law created along with schools themselves in Argentina, so as to make everyone the same, regardless age, school, province, culture, or any other difference.
Public schools work in two or three shifts, but student only attend to one. This is, morning or afternoon, or night. Night shifts are only for overage people who couldn’t graduate.
Hence, public schools students only attend school for a maximum of 5 hours.
Dinning schools: These sort of schools are settled in poor areas where the students main aim is to have a daily meal.
As the conditions are so extreme, the educational side is left aside a bit more, and teachers focus more in supporting and helping the students.
Universities: There are two types of Universities in Argentina: public ones and private ones.
Private Universities require all sorts of fees to enter, study, sit exams and graduate. But they guarantee organisation.
Public Universities are free of any charge whatsoever and let the student take his own decisions as when to sit exams, how often, whether to attend to class or not and so on.
However, just as the student provides no security to the University, neither does the University provide any kind of good organisation. By this, I refer to random strikes, random change in exam dates, and so on.
Whether you attend a private or a public University, none offer accommodation.