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Samoa has a 8-5 formal education structure. Primary school has an official entry age of five and a duration of eight grades. Secondary school consists of grades 9 - 13 In principle, primary school is compulsory. Although school fees are not charged, families are expected to contribute to maintenance and other school costs. Students sit for a national placement exam for secondary school at the end of grade 8, the Samoa School Certificate at the end of grade 12, and the Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate (PSSC) at the end of grade 13.The academic year is broken down into trimesters and is approximately 40 weeks in length (UNESCO IBE, World Data on Education. 7th Edition, 2010-2011. Revised 6/2011).
As of 2010, UIS classifies the school structure in Samoa as having a 6-2-5 structure with an entry age of five. Because this is not in alignment with the nationally-defined school system structure, UIS indicators do not reflect the nature of the official education system. Care should be taken when interpreting UIS data for Samoa.
Among other data sources, unique EPDC data collections for Samoa include administrative data from the Bureau of Statistics (2006 - 2009), Ministry of Education (1998 - 2005), and indicators derived from UIS data.
For an overview of current education conditions in Samoa, please view our education profiles.
Last updated: 10/2012
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