Education in Benin


Education in Benin

Education in Benin is neither free nor mandatory. [http://www.dol.gov/ilab/media/reports/iclp/tda2001/benin.htm "Benin"] . "Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor (2001)". Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor (2002). "This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.] In 1996, the gross primary enrollment rate was 72.5 percent, and the net primary enrollment rate was 59.3 percent. A far greater percentage of boys is enrolled in school than girls: in 1996, the gross primary enrollment rate for boys was 88.4 percent as opposed to 55.7 percent for girls; the net primary enrollment rates were 71.6 percent for boys and 46.2 percent for girls. Primary school attendance rates were unavailable for Benin as of 2001. While enrollment rates indicate a level of commitment to education, they do not always reflect children’s participation in school. Because of a rapid increase in the enrollment rate, the student/teacher ratio rose from 36:1 in 1990 to 53:1 in 1997. The overall adult literacy rate is nearly 40%. [http://www.usaid.gov/bj/education/programs.html Education: Programs] . USAID Benin. "This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.] Only 25% of women in Benin are literate.

History

By the late 1980s, under Benin's Marxist Government, the quality of education was seriously eroded and, by 1989, the education system was in a state of collapse. A key event in the reform of education in Benin was the national Conference on Education (Etats Généraux de l'Education-EGE) held in 1990 which adopted a national policy and strategy to improve education. Beginning in 1991, the Government of Benin (GOB) introduced significant changes within the Beninese education system.

Major advances have been made in education, especially in the areas of access and teaching/learning conditions. The gross enrollment rate has increased from a base of 49.7% in 1990 to 96% in 2004 and girls' enrollment from 36% in 1990 to 84% in 2004. Gender balance and geographic equity have shown significant improvements in gross numbers of girls and children from disadvantaged areas attending primary schools. Nonetheless, major constraints and challenges remain.

chool system

The Republic of Benin operates on a 6-4-3-3-4 system: [http://cotonou.usembassy.gov/facts_about_benin.html THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM OF BENIN REPUBLIC] . Embassy of the United States, Coutonou, Benin. "This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain."]
* Primary School: 6 years
* Junior High School: 4 years
* Senior High School: 3 Years
* Bachelor degree: 3 years
* Master degree: 4 Years

Education is compulsory for children aged between six and eleven. After spending two to three in Kindergarten, it takes six years for them to complete and take the Primary school certificate. Overall it requires seven years to complete both Junior and Senior High School. At the end of the four first years of Junior High school, the students has to take the O-level ( Brevet d’Etudes du Premier Cycle: BEPC), Then after three years the students have to take the A level ( Baccalaureat: BAC ) exam which is the equivalent of the US High School Degree. There are five vocational schools , located in five of the twelve provinces Atlantique littoral ( City of Cotonou), Oueme Plateau ( city of Porto-Novo), Zou Colline ( city of Bohicon) Borgou ( city of Parakou).Mono Couffo, Atakora, Donga, Alibori.

Grading system

The grading system is from 0 to 20, with 20 being the highest grade.
* Passing Grade: 10
* Fairly Good Grade: 12
* Good Grade: 14- 15
* Very Good Grade:16- 17
* Excellent:18 to 20

Languages of instruction

French, the official language of Benin, is generally the language of instruction.

Leading public high schools

Cotonou:
* High School of Gbegamey
* High School of St Rita
* High School of Dantokpa
* High School of Akpakpa

Porto-Novo:

* Lycee Behanzin
* Lycee Toffa

High School of Application:

* 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

The university of Benin maintains ten branches; The Campus of Abomey Calavi The Faculty of Economics and Management (FASEG) – The Faculty of Law and Political Science ( FADESP) – The Faculty of Arts and Social Science ( FLASH) --- The Faculty of Science and Technology ( FAST)- The Faculty of Health Science ( FSS)-- The University of Parakou ( UNIPAR)- The School of Applied Economics and Management ( ENEAM)- The National School of Administration and Prosecutor Training- ( ENAM) The Poly Technical School of Abomey Calavi ( EPAC) The Teachers’ Training School of Porto- Novo ( ENS )- The Institute of Mathematics and Physics ( IMSP) – The Faculty Agricultural Science ( FSA); Each branch is headed by a President of University

Some private higher institutions are also accredited by the Ministry of National Education. Altogether 94 higher institutions are accredited.

Grading system for thesis defense

* Passing: 10-12
* Fairly Good Grade: 12
* Good Grade: 14- 15
* Very Good Grade: 16- 17
* Excellent Grade: 18

Leading public and private schools

* PIGIER
* GASA FORMATION
* ENEAM
* EPAC
* ENAM
* UCAO
* ENS

References

External links

* [http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/soe/cihe/inhea/profiles/Benin.htm Profile of higher education in Benin] from Boston College
* [http://www.edo-nation.net/uyi3.htm Colonial state and education in Benin Division, 1897 – 1959]
* [http://www.infodev.org/en/Publication.386.html Information communication technology in Benin] from infoDev


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