As a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba's politics take place within a framework of a 21-member Parliament and an eight-member Cabinet. The governor of Aruba is appointed for a six-year term by the monarch, and the prime minister and deputy prime minister are elected by the Staten (or "Parlamento") for four-year terms. The Staten is made up of 21 members elected by direct, popular vote to serve a four-year term.
Our excellent educational system, patterned after the Dutch system, provides for education at all levels. The Government finances the national education system. Private schools, such as the International School of Aruba, which finance their own activities. The percentage of monies earmarked for education is higher than the average for the Caribbean/Latin American region. Arubans benefit from a strong primary school education.