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Educational attainment, Cuba

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EDUCCU indicates the person's educational attainment in Cuba in terms of the level of schooling completed.

Comparability — General

In 2002, Cuba had a 6-3-3 educational system, comprising 6 years of primary school, 3 years of lower secondary, and 3 years of upper secondary.

Primary school consists of six grades (1st to 6th) and it begins at the age of six years.

Secondary education is divided into the following levels:

1. Lower (basic) secondary
a. Basic secondary: from 7th to 9th grade of general education. It includes art and sports schools, and those for students with special needs.
b. Skilled labor manual education: from 9th to 12th grade, it offers training in a specific trade.
2. Upper (higher) secondary
d. Pre-university: from 10th to 12th grade of general education.
e. Mid-level technical: it offers preparation for a trade or non-teaching profession.
f. Mid-level teaching: it offered teacher preparation (mainly for the primary level), but it was replaced by teaching schools.

Tertiary education comprises higher and university education (including teaching specialists) and requires previously completing upper secondary. However, there is no distinction between types of post-secondary education in the sample.


  • Persons age 6+


  • Cuba: 2002