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Timor-Leste has a 9-3 formal education structure that has been in place since 2008. Basic education has an official entry age of six and a duration of nine grades. Basic education is subdivided into three cycles with a 4-2-3 structure. Secondary school consists of grades 10 12. Prior to 2008, Timor-Leste had used a 6-3-3 formal education structure (National Statistics Directorate. Timor-Leste in Figures, 2010). In principle, basic education is free and compulsory (United States Department of Labor, 2010 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, 3 October 2011).
As of 2010, UIS classifies the school structure in Timor-Leste as having a 6-3-3 structure. Because this is not in alignment with the nationally-defined school system care should be taken when interpreting UIS data for Timor-Leste.
Among other data sources, unique EPDC data collections for Timor-Leste include administrative data from the National Statistics Office (2006 - 2010), household survey data from DHS (2009), and indicators derived from UIS data.
For an overview of current education conditions in Timor-Leste, please view our education profiles.
Last updated: 9/2012
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