Education System in Palestine


 EducationSchool/LevelGradesAgeYearsNotes
PrimaryLower Basic4 
MiddleUpper Basic6 
SecondarySecondary2 
TertiaryBachelor4–5 
TertiaryMaster2 
TertiaryDoctorate3 

Primary Education

Primary education begins in the preparatory stage, or lower basic level (grades 1 to 4)

Middle Education

Six years of middle school follow, which Palestinians call the empowerment stage or upper basic level (5 to 10)

Secondary Education

The final 2 years of the education program take place at academic and technical/vocational  secondary schools. At the end of this period, students sit for a national secondary education examination (Tawjihi) that is the portal to tertiary education in Palestine.



Vocational Education

More than 15 secondary industrial schools provide technical education in agricultural, commercial, hotel, home economics, and industrial spheres. Participation remains relatively low. A number of rehabilitation centers target drop-outs.

Tertiary Education

Palestine EducationThere are a variety of post-secondary institutions in Palestine, including colleges providing 2-year diplomas, and universities offering 4-year undergraduate degrees and more.

The oldest tertiary institution is Al-Azhar University established in Gaza in 1994. Its faculties include Pharmacy, Arts, Mediterranean Studies, Law, Education, Agriculture, Water Sciences & Environment, Statistics, Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Political Science, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. It currently serves over 10,000 students.


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