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Guyana has a 6-3-2 formal education structure. 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 - 11. In principle, public education is free and primary and lower secondary school are compulsory. Students sit for the Secondary School Entrance Examination (SSEE) at the end of grade 6. Upon reaching the end of secondary (grade 11) students may sit for the Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (CXC) and/or General Certificate of Education Ordinary-Level Examination. Students who then complete another two years of Form 6, which is considered post-secondary education, may sit for their General Certificate of Education Advanced-Level examinations. The academic calendar lasts for approximately 39 weeks (UNESCO IBE, World Data on Education. 7th Edition, 2010-2011. Revised 8/2010).
Among other data sources, unique EPDC data collections for Guyana include administrative data from the Bureau of Statistics (2005 - 2008), Ministry of Education (2000, 2004 - 2007, 2010), household survey data from DHS (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009), MICS (2007, 2000), and indicators derived from UIS data.
For an overview of current education conditions in Guyana, please view our education profiles.
Last updated: 10/2012
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