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Educational attainment, Benin

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EDUCBJ indicates the person's educational attainment in Benin in terms of the level of schooling completed.

Comparability — General

The education system in Benin is organized with a 6-4-3 structure. The compulsory education system is composed of 6 years of primary education. General lower secondary takes 4 years, and upper secondary comprises 3 years.

Technical secondary is oriented to professional formation, and it is organized in two cycles, each one lasts 3 to 4 years, depending on the field. Completion of the first cycle leads a technical diploma, and the second cycle leads to a technical diploma or a professional baccalaureate. Technical secondary is separately identified only in 2002.

Higher education offers bachelor (of varied duration), master, and doctoral degree programs. In 1979, years of higher education are top-coded at 4 or more years.

Preschool is identified in 1992, 2002, and 2013; in 1979, this level is included with persons who never attended school.

Islamic school is only reported in 1992, but these responses do not inform about their achievement in the formal system.


  • Benin 1979: Persons age 6+
  • Benin 1992: Persons age 3+ in private households
  • Benin 2002: Persons age 3+
  • Benin 2013: Persons age 3+


  • Benin: 1979, 1992, 2002, 2013