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Education in Benin Republic

Published by UNESCO "UNION NACIONAL DE EDUCACION SUPERIOR CONTINUA ORGANIZADA"

 "NATIONAL UNION OF CONTINUOUS ORGANIZED HIGHER EDUCATION"

 

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A far greater percentage of boys are 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%. Only 25% of women in Benin are literate.

 

School system

 

The Republic of Benin operates on a 6-4-3-3-4 system:

 

Primary school: 6 years

Junior high school: 4 years

Senior high school: 3 years

Bachelor's degree: 3 years

Master's degree: 4 years

 

Education is compulsory for children between ages six and eleven. After spending two to three years 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 have to take the O-level (Brevet dEtudes du Premier Cycle: BEPC). Then after three years the students have to take the A level (Baccalauréat: BAC) exam which is the equivalent of the U.S. high school diploma.

 

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 and 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: 18-20

 

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:

 

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 National 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 university president.

 

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

 

Junior High School------4 years

Senior High School------3 Years

Bachelor degree--------3 years

Master degree----------4 Years

Languages: The official language spoken in Benin is French. It is the language of instruction, However since the advent of Democracy in1990 the English language has been  breaking grounds and American English has come to be the modal of English that students, teachers and businessman and women are striving identify with. Thank to the relentless efforts of their predecessors, the current Ambassador. He honorable Gayleatha Brown and the current PAO Shirley Lisenby have given a strong impetus to the new trend and drive for American English, through their support for the educational system of Benin which translate into the introduction of English into Primary schools and the promotion of a learner- centered teaching approach.

 

 The Educational System Structure

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.

Senior High School:  At the end of the Grade 13, Benin students have to take the Baccalaureat to open the door of university studies. 

Grading System:
The Grading scale: From 0 ( zero) 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

 

Leading Public High Schools in Benin: 

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)

UNIVERSITY 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

Grading Scale: 10- 12 Passing Grading

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

TESTING:

TOEFL iBT is offered  plus the GRE. We are looking forward to organizing the GMAT

EDUCATIONAL ADVISING

The Educational Advising Center in Benin is sponsored by the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy and serves more 2000 students and parents.

 

 

 

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