Education System in Burundi


 EducationSchool/LevelGrade FromGrade ToAge FromAge ToYearsNotes
PrimaryEcole primaire166126Certificat de Fin ďEtudes Primaires (Certificate of End of Primary Studies)
MiddleCollège71012164Certificat du Tronc Commun (Common Cycle Certificate)
SecondaryLycée général 111317293Diplôme ďEtat (State Diploma)
VocationalCollège- Lycée technique71213197Technicien A3 (A3 Technician) - 5 years Technicien A2 (A2 Technician) - 7 years
VocationalEnseignants du primaire    4Primary school teachers are trained in lycée pédagogiques or in four years in teacher training institutes following upon Collège (4 years of secondary school).
TertiaryPremier cycle universitaire    2Candidature
TertiaryEnseignant secondaire     3Diplôme Professionnel ďEnseignement (Professional Teaching Diploma)
TertiaryDeuxième cycle universitaire    2Two years' study beyond the Candidature leads to the Licence
TertiaryTroisème cycle universitaire    1One year following upon the Licence or the Diplôme d'Ingénieur

Primary Education

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.

Secondary Education

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 Education

Burundi EducationTertiary 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.


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