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Armenia has a 4-5-3 formal education structure that has been in place since 2008. Primary school has an official entry age of seven and a duration of four grades. Secondary school is divided into two cycles: lower secondary consists of grades 5 - 9, and upper secondary consists of grades 10 - 12. Basic education in Armenia refers to the primary and lower secondary levels. In principle, primary and secondary school are free and primary and lower secondary are compulsory. Prior to 2008, the formal education structure was one grade shorter at 3-5-2. The National Curriculum for General Education issued in 2010 stated that the school year should be 30 weeks in grade 1, 32 weeks in grade 2, and a minimum of 34 weeks in all other grades. School weeks include five or six instructional days each week. (UNESCO IBE, World Data on Education. 7th Edition, 2010-2011. Revised 8/2011).
As of 2010, UIS continues to classify the school structure in Armenia as 3-5-2. Because this is not in alignment with the nationally-defined school system structure of 4-5-3, UIS indicators do not reflect the nature of the official education system. Care should be taken when interpreting UIS data for Armenia.
Among other data sources, unique EPDC data collections for Armenia include administrative data from the National Statistical Service (2001 - 2010), household survey data from DHS (2000, 2005), and indicators derived from UIS data.
For an overview of current education conditions in Armenia, please view our education profiles.
Last updated: 10/2012
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