Education in the Republic of the Congo

Education In The Republic Of The Congo

Education in the Republic of the Congo

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Congo is a 342,000-square-kilometre country in Equatorial Africa. Its population is 3,883,000 inhabitants of which 47% is less than 15 years old. Life expectancy is 52 years old, and 33% of the population lives in rural areas.

12.6% of the Congolese budget is spent on education; 40% on primary education, 31% on secondary level, and 27% on tertiary level. Only 1% goes to pre-primary education.Education in Congo takes 13 years, from the first level of Primary School to the Higher Certificate.According to the 2005 UNDP report, 82.8% of Congolese are literate.

Primary Level

Primary level in the Republic of the Congo takes six years. The average age at which children arrive at school is 5½ years. Primary school consists of six grades; two preparatory, two elementary, and two medium classes. At the end of the second medium class, the young learner is required to do the Secondary School Entry Test, on which his entry to secondary level is hinged.

Secondary School

Secondary school takes seven years. It consists of two parts, the first one being “college”, and the second “lycée”.

In the republic of the Congo, a French-speaking Country, the term “college” refers to the first four grades of the Secondary School, including Grades 7, 8, 9 and 10.The term “lycée” (or lycee) on the other hand refers to the three and last grades of Secondary Level, including Grades 11, 12 and 13. There are three kinds of lycées in the country: Agricultural, Technical and General...
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