Central African Republic Central African Republic

Central African Republic has a 3-6-4-3 formal education structure. There are three years of pre-primary school, which has an official entry age of three and is referred to as enseignement préscolaire. Primary school, which is known as enseignement fondamental 1, has an official entry age of six and a duration of six grades. At the end of the cycle, students receive the certificat d`études fondamentales 1 (CEF1).

Secondary school is divided into two cycles: lower secondary and upper secondary. Lower secondary, which is known as enseignement fondamental 2, consists of grades 7-10 and culminates in the brevet d`études de premier cycle (BEPC); upper secondary, which is known as enseignement secondaire général, consists of grades 11-13 and culminates in the BAC. In addition, Central African Republic has one lower secondary vocational education track that lasts two years, and two upper secondary vocational education tracks that each last two years (ISCED 2011 mapping for 2015 school year).

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