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Educational system: Democratic Congo

Democratic Congo is a 342,000-square-kilometer country in Equatorial Africa.  Its population is over 7 million.
Around 12.6% of the Congolese budget is spent on education system.  40% on primary education, 31% on secondary level and 27% on tertiary level. And only 1% on pre-primary education.   Educational system in Congo takes about 13 years from the first level of Primary School to the Higher Level.

According to the UNDP report, 66.8% of Congolese are literate.

Educational system:

Primary Level-

Primary level education in theCongo takes upto six years. The average age at which children join school is 5½ years. Primary school consists of six grades. two preparatory, two elementary and two medium classes.

Secondary School-

Secondary school takes up to seven years. It consists of two parts.  The first one “college” and the second “lycée”.

In the Congo, French-speaking country, the “college” refers to the first four grades of the Secondary School. It  including Grades 7, 8, 9 and 10.

The “lycée” on the other hand refers to the three grades of Secondary Level. It  includes Grades 11, 12 and 13. There are three kinds of lycées. Agricultural, Technical and General Lycées.

Once admitted, students should pass an end of the year examinations. Which includes easy as well as an oral examination. In case, if they fail they can repeat it by sitting through the entire course again.

The government has also worked on improving access for formal education. Education on Medicine takes around seven years. During which there is no intermediate degree. It generally consists of three levels. The first three years, students are taught anatomy, biochemistry, molecular biology. The another level deals with theoretical  and pharmacy.