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Tunisia has a 6-3-4 formal education structure that has been in place since 2001. Primary school has an official entry age of six 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 - 13. Primary and lower secondary together are referred to as basic; lower secondary is referred to as "cycle preparatoire." In principle, school is free and primary and lower secondary school is compulsory. Students sit for the regional exam at the end of grade 4, and the Diplome de fin d'etudes de l'enseignement de base (DFEB) at the end of grade 9.The academic year is broken down into trimesters and lasts approximately 30 weeks. (UNESCO IBE, World Data on Education. 7th Edition, 2010-2011. Revised 4/2012).
Among other data sources, unique EPDC data collections for Tunisia include administrative data from the Ministry of Education (2006 - 2011), National Institute of Statistics (2003 - 2010), and indicators derived from UIS data.
For an overview of current education conditions in Tunisia, please view our education profiles.
Last updated: 10/2012
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