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Cambodia has a 6-3-3 formal education structure that has been in place since 2009. Primary school has an official entry age of six and a duration of six grades. Secondary school is divided into two cycles: lower secondary consists of grades 7 - 9, and upper secondary consists of grades 10 - 12. In principle, primary and lower secondary school are compulsory. Students sit for the Basic education diploma at the end of grade 9, and the High school diploma at the end of grade 12.The school year lasts 38 weeks and is divided into two semesters, running September-January and February-June. (UNESCO IBE, World Data on Education. Revised 4/2011).
Prior to 1996, Primary education lasted five years
Among other data sources, unique EPDC data collections for Cambodia include administrative data from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (2006-2012), household survey data from DHS (1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2010), HSES (2003), and indicators derived from UIS data.
For an overview of current education conditions in Cambodia, please view our education profiles.
Last updated: 9/2012
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