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Albania has a 5-4-3 formal education structure that has been in place since 2009. Primary school has an official entry age of six and a duration of five grades. Lower secondary school consists of grades 6 9 and upper secondary consists of grades 10-12. Prior to 2009, the formal education structure was 4-4-4 with an entry age of six. Primary and lower secondary school are grouped as a 9 year basic education sequence. In principle, public school is free and basic education is compulsory. Students sit for the Exam/certificate of basic education at the end of grade 9, and the Matura exam/maturity certificate at the end of grade 12.The academic year is divided into two terms and lasts roughly 35 weeks, from September to June (UNESCO IBE, World Data on Education. 7th Edition, 2010-2011. Revised 11/2011).
Among other data sources, unique EPDC data collections for Albania include administrative data from the Institute of Statistics (2006 - 2010), household survey data from MICS (2005), and indicators derived from UIS data.
For an overview of current education conditions in Albania, please view our education profiles.
Last updated: 10/2012
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