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Bolivia has a 8-2-2 formal education structure. Primary school has an official entry age of six and a duration of eight grades. Secondary school is divided into two cycles: lower secondary consists of grades 9 - 10, and upper secondary consists of grades 11 - 12. In principle, primary school is free, though primary and secondary are compulsory. (UNESCO IBE, World Data on Education. 7th Edition, 2010-2011. 4/2010).
As of 2010, UIS classifies the school structure in Bolivia as having a 6-2-4 structure. Because this is not in alignment with the nationally-defined school system structure of 8-2-2, UIS indicators do not reflect the nature of the official education system. Care should be taken when interpreting UIS data for Bolivia.
Among other data sources, unique EPDC data collections for Bolivia include administrative data from the Instituto Nacional de Estadistica (1997 - 2007), Ministry of Education (2000 - 2010), household survey data from DHS (2003, 2008), SITEAL (2000, 2002, 2005 - 2007, 2009), MICS (2000), and indicators derived from UIS data.
For an overview of current education conditions in Bolivia, please view our education profiles.
Last updated: 10/2012
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