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Maldives has a 7-3-2 formal education structure. Primary school has an official entry age of six and a duration of seven grades. Secondary school is divided into two cycles: lower secondary consists of grades 8 - 10, and upper secondary consists of grades 11 - 12. Basic education is equivalent to primary education in Maldives. Upper secondary education is commonly referred to as higher secondary education. In principle, primary and secondary school are free and primary is compulsory. Students sit for certification exams at the end of grades 10 and 12.The school year is broken into two semesters running from January to June and from June to November. (UNESCO IBE, World Data on Education. 7th Edition, 2010-2011. Revised 7/2011).
Among other data sources, unique EPDC data collections for Maldives include administrative data from the Ministry of Education (2006 - 2008), Ministry of Planning and National Development (1999 - 2010), household survey data from DHS (2009), VPA (2004), VPAS (2004), and indicators derived from UIS data.
For an overview of current education conditions in Maldives, please view our education profiles.
Last updated: 10/2012
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