Education System in Tunisia

PrimaryBasic Schooling1–96–149Enseignement de base: nine years of school education, and is divided into two distinct stages: 6 years of primary and 3 years of preparatory education (lower secondary). At the end of 9 years students sit for examen national de fin d’études de l’enseignement de base, success in which leads to the Diplôme de Fin d’Études de l’Enseignement.
SecondaryUpper Secondary 10–1215–194Enseignement secondaire is divided into two two-year stages: general academic and specialized.
VocationalVocational Education 
TertiaryUniversity First Stage2 
TertiaryUniversity Second Stage1–3 
TertiaryUniversity Third Stage3–5 

Primary Education

Education is a high priority in Tunisia as it has been for many years since independence. The academic year runs from October through to June, and the medium of education is Arabic. Students are tested at the end of each trimester, through oral and written tests, and practical examinations too. The initial phase of their free basic education begins with 6 years at primary school.

Middle Education

The final 3 years of preparatory education take place at middle school. Here a score of over 50% is required to pass the examination for the Diplôme de Fin d’Études de l’Enseignement, that opens the door to secondary school.

Secondary Education

At secondary school, students staying on for 4 years have a choice between following an academic or a technical track. For the first 2 years they stay with a common academic curriculum though. After that, academic students may follow one of 5 specializations, while others complete their final 2 years in a more vocational environment.

Vocational Education

The ministry of employment administers an ongoing vocational program by settling standards, licensing training providers and maintaining quality control.

Tertiary Education

Tunisia EducationTertiary education opportunities in Tunisia have expanded rapidly during the past decade and total student numbers now approach 350,000. In total, there are 13 universities, 24 institutes of technological studies and 6 higher institutes of teacher training.

The Zaitouna Mosque and University illustrated here is thought to have been established in the year 732. It has played a prominent part in the history, religious life and culture of this ancient land, although more recently it has struggled to keep up with change.

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