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Educational attainment, Nepal

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      class Educnp:public Editor {

    Educnp(VarPointer varInfo) : Editor(varInfo) {}
    void edit() {

        long a = getRecoded();
        switch (dataSet) {
        case dataset_id::np2001a:
            if (NP2001A_0421() == 99 && NP2001A_0402() >= 6)
                a = 100;
		case dataset_id::np2011a:
            if (NP2011A_0414() == 99 && NP2011A_0412() >= 2 && NP2011A_0412() <= 3 && NP2011A_0413() == 2)
                a = 100;




EDUCNP indicates the person's educational attainment in Nepal in terms of the level of schooling completed.

Comparability — General

Nepal has a 5-3-2-2 system, comprising 5 years of primary school, 3 years of lower secondary, 2 years of upper secondary, and 2 years of higher secondary.

Primary education comprises five grades (1st to 5th) and it typically begins at an age of 6 years. Secondary education includes lower (grades 6th to 8th), upper (grades 9th to 10th), and higher secondary (grades 11th and 12th). By the end of grade 10, students take the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examination, after which they have the option to continue with the higher secondary level, studying a two-year "Intermediate" (or "Proficiency certificate") course in a specific subject.

Technical and vocational education is managed by the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT). Technical schools are mainly for students who chose a vocational field after grade 8, who then complete two years of vocational training. The 2001 sample additionally distinguishes technical degrees as medical assistant or sub-overseer (engineering related fields). The 2011 sample does not identify any vocational or technical degrees.

Higher education consists of bachelor (3 to 5 years), masters (2 years), and Ph.D. degrees.

Non-formal education level comprises essentially literacy programs. Preschool is only identified in the 2011 sample.


  • Nepal 2001: Persons age 6+
  • Nepal 2011: Persons age 5+


  • Nepal: 2001, 2011