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Nicaragua has a 6-3-2 formal education structure. Primary school has an official entry age of seven 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, primary, secondary and one year of pre-primary are free and compulsory. Students sit for the diploma de curso basico at the end of grade 9, and bachillerato at the end of grade 11. (UNESCO IBE, World Data on Education. 7th Edition, 2010-2011. Revised 6/2010).
UIS classified the school structure in Nicaragua as having an entry age of seven up until 2005, and then an entry age of six beginning in 2006. Because this is not in alignment with the nationally-defined official entry age, UIS data from 2006 on do not reflect the nature of the official education system. Care should be taken when interpreting UIS data for Nicaragua.
Among other data sources, unique EPDC data collections for Nicaragua include administrative data from the Instituto Nacional de Estadisticas y Censos (2000 - 2002), household survey data from DHS (2001), SITEAL (1998, 2001, 2005, 2009), and indicators derived from UIS data.
For an overview of current education conditions in Nicaragua, please view our education profiles.
Last updated: 10/2012
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