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Sri Lanka has a 5-4-2-2 formal education structure. Primary school has an official entry age of five and a duration of five grades. Secondary school is divided into three cycles: junior secondary consists of grades 6-9, senior secondary consists of grades 10-11, and collegiate secondary consists of grades 12-13. The collegiate level has three tracks; science, commerce and arts, which prepare students for tertiary education. In principle, public school is free and primary and lower secondary school are compulsory. Students sit for the Scholarship and Placement Examination at the end of grade 5, the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level examination at the end of grade 11, and the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level examination at the end of grade 13.The academic year is broken down into trimesters. (UNESCO IBE, World Data on Education. 7th Edition, 2010-2011. Revised 7/2011).
UIS classifies the school structure in Sri Lanka as having a 6-4-4 structure. It treats the four years of junior secondary as lower secondary, and classifies the two years of senior secondary and two years of collegiate secondary as four years of upper secondary. Administrative data collected by EPDC from the ministry of education are combined in a similar fashion.
Among other data sources, unique EPDC data collections for Sri Lanka include administrative data from the Ministry of Education (2003 - 2005, 2010), household survey data from HIES (2002), Integrated Survey (2000), and indicators derived from UIS data.
For an overview of current education conditions in Sri Lanka, please view our education profiles.
Last updated: 10/2012
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