Education system ethiopia the second phase of preparatory secondary education has also consisted of a 2-year period since 2001 (grades 11, 12) and is regarded as preparation for higher education. Background modern education in ethiopia has a history of 100 years since the historical objective of the ethiopian education system was to create a few educated.
Addis ababa, april 6, 2015 – with the primary education enrollment rate having doubled to 90% in the last decade, the ethiopian government is now working even harder to further increase access to education in underserved areas and improve the overall quality of education.
The education system in ethiopia is divided into three divisions consisting of primary school, lower secondary school, and higher secondary school the primary schooling lasts for 6 years, the lower secondary 4 years, and the higher secondary 2 years elementary education is usually taught in the local languages especially in the rural areas. Primary education the academic year runs from september to july and education is free at the primary level students enter school at age 7 and compulsory (primary) education lasts for six years and ends at age 12 in ethiopia, 32% of children of official primary school ages are out of school education in ethiopia remains less than satisfactory.
Secondary education upper secondary education begins at age 17 and lasts for two years two concentrations, science or social science, are offered and upon completion of study the students sit for the ethiopian school leaving certificate and more recently the ethiopian higher education entrance examination. Our mission in ethiopia supports the agency's education strategy and the mission’s development objectives by planning, managing, and monitoring activities that achieve results across multiple levels of the education system. Education in ethiopia has been dominated by the ethiopian orthodox church for many centuries until secular education was adopted in the early 1900s prior to 1974, ethiopia had an estimated illiteracy rate well above 90% and compared poorly with the rest of africa in the provision of schools and universities. Ethiopia has made tangible progress in the education sector the system expanded from having 10 million learners a decade ago to more than 25 million learners today the country has been able to maintain and improve the learning achievement in key subjects.
In addition, ethiopia has multiple upper secondary vocational education tracks that last up to three years (isced 2011 mapping for 2016 school year) uis classifies the school structure in ethiopia as having a 3-6-4-2 structure with a pre-primary school entry age of 4 and a primary school entry of 7. Education system in ethiopia even with one of the fastest growing economies in africa, ethiopia remains one of the poorest countries in the world the education system in ethiopia is less than satisfactory and while it is free and compulsory, only 60 percent of children are enrolled in full-time education.
In principle, no years of preprimary school and eight years of primary and secondary school are free and compulsory (uisstat accessed may 2018) the academic year in ethiopia officially runs from september to july (uis data for 2016 academic year) for an overview of current education conditions in ethiopia, please view our education profiles.
The education system in ethiopia is divided into three divisions consisting of primary school, lower secondary school, and higher secondary school the primary schooling lasts for 6 years, the lower secondary 4 years, and the higher secondary 2 years.