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Educational attainment, Iraq

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EDUCIQ indicates the highest level of schooling in Iraq the person had completed at the time of the census.

Comparability — General

Primary and secondary school are each six years in duration. There are two secondary tracks and several post-secondary degrees.

EDUCIQ is constructed from separate variables recording the grade being attended by persons in school and educational attainment for persons who were no longer attending school. To convert the attendance variable to educational attainment we assumed the person completed one fewer year of schooling. Fortunately, the level-attended variable provided number of years within level. The attendance variable was converted to attainment using the following thresholds:

NIU: Persons less than 10 years of age.
No certificate: persons who are currently attending but have 5 or less years of primary education
Primary certificate: 6 years of primary, or up to two years of intermediate or vocational secondary education.
Lower secondary certificate: 3 to 5 years of intermediate or vocational secondary education.
Academic secondary certificate: 6 years of intermediate secondary or 1 to 3 years of college education.
Vocation secondary certificate: 6 years of vocational secondary or 1 year of intermediate post-secondary education
Post secondary degree: 2 to 5 years of post-secondary education
College degree: 4 or more years of college education

It should be noted that the category "no certificate" could include non-responses.


  • Persons age 10+


  • Iraq: 1997