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Education in Benin - An Overview

The education system of Benin is based on French education model and follows 6 4 3 approach. This means 13 years of school education is the minimum requirement when youth gets access to college for higher education. Education is compulsory for children 6 to 11 years old and the school education is free. The duration of primary schooling is 6 years. After primary schooling the student is promoted to Middle School of 4 year duration; like primary schools middle schools also teaches general academic syllabus. At the completion of middle schooling, students write brevet d’etudes du premier cycle, this makes equivalent of ‘O’ Level examination.

Senior high schools in Benin ask for certificate in O Level examination i.e. d’etudes du premier cycle for admission. The duration of senior high school is three years. After completion of senior high school students appear for baccalaureat examination; this makes basis to university entry. Also many students choose to join vocational schools; these schools train human resources for demand of urban cities in different skill areas. In vocational schools dual apprenticeship system is in practice where theoretical curriculum is replaced by apprenticeship training.

The education system in Benin runs as follows

  • Primary school: 6 years
  • Junior high school: 4 years
  • Senior high school: 3 years
  • Bachelor's degree: 3 years
  • Master's degree: 4 years

There are several schools in Benin. Some of the notable once are -

  • High School of Gbegamey
  • High School of St Rita
  • High School of Dantokpa
  • High School of Akpakpa
  • Lycee Behanzin
  • Lycee Toffa
  • High School of Lokossa
  • High School of Houffon
  • High School of Mathieu Bouquet (Borgou)
  • High School of CEG1 Natitingou (Atakora)
  • High School of Djougou (Donga)
Higher education in Benin is offered through different colleges, universities and institutes. Various study disciplines are offered at undergraduate, graduate and research level studies.
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