Education System in Burundi
|Primary||Ecole primaire (until 2013)||1–6||6–12||6||Certificat de Fin ďEtudes Primaires (Certificate of End of Primary Studies)|
|Primary||Enseignement fondamental (since 2013)||1–9||6–15||9||Certificat de fin d’études fondamentales (Certificate of Completion of Basic Studies) and Diplôme ďEtat (State Diploma)|
|Middle||Collège (until 2013)||7–10||12–16||4||Certificat du Tronc Commun (Common Cycle Certificate)|
|Secondary||Lycée général (until 2013)||11–13||17–29||3||Diplôme ďEtat (State Diploma)|
|Secondary||Études postfondamentales générales (since 2013)||10–12||15–18||3||Certificat de fin d’études postfondamentales générales (Completion of General Post-Basic Studies Certificate)|
|Vocational||Collège- Lycée technique (until 2013)||7–13||13–19||7||Technicien A3 (A3 Technician) - 5 years Technicien A2 (A2 Technician) - 7 years|
|Vocational||Enseignement secondaire technique (since 2013)||10–12||15–18||3–4||Diplôme A2 (A2 Diploma). Varies in length 3-4 years based on discipline|
|Vocational||Enseignants du primaire||4||Primary school teachers are trained in lycée pédagogiques or in four years in teacher training institutes following upon Collège (4 years of secondary school).|
|Tertiary||Premier cycle universitaire (ancien système pre-2011)||2||Candidature|
|Tertiary||Baccalauréat (BMD post-2011)||3||Three years post-secondary study|
|Tertiary||Enseignant secondaire||3||Diplôme Professionnel ďEnseignement (Professional Teaching Diploma)|
|Tertiary||Deuxième cycle universitaire (ancien système pre-2011)||2||Two years' study beyond the Candidature leads to the Licence|
|Tertiary||Mastère de recherche (BMD post-2011)||2||Two years study beyond the Baccalauréat leads to the Mastère|
|Tertiary||Troisème cycle universitaire (ancien système pre-2011)||2||Two years following upon the Licence or the Diplôme d'Ingénieur|
|Tertiary||Doctorat (BMD post-2011)||3||Three years study beyond the Mastère leads to the Doctorat|
Education in Burundi is compulsory for 6 years, meaning that every child is supposed to complete their primary education. Unfortunately half a million children never enter school at all. Of those who do, just 36% complete this phase. The genders are however fairly evenly represented.
The remaining seven years are intended to be spent at secondary school, although few children in Burundi ever have the opportunity, as average school dwell time is just short of 5 years. The language of instruction continues to be Kirundi or French. The academic model is similar to the one used in France.
Tertiary enrollment is just over 1%. The only institution is the University of Burundi in Bujumbura which was founded in 1960, and is illustrated here in better days.
The buildings were badly damaged during the civil war, and only 3,000 students currently study under deteriorating conditions. Despite this, it maintains faculties of arts & humanities, law, medicine, psychology & education science, pure sciences, applied sciences, and agricultural science. It also hosts institutes of agriculture, commerce, sports & physical education, technology, and pedagogy.