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Educational attainment, Sierra Leone

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      class Educsl:public Editor {

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

        long a = getRecoded();
        switch (dataSet) {
        case dataset_id::sl2004a:
            if (SL2004A_0417() == 99 && SL2004A_0402() >= 6)
                a = 10;




EDUCSL indicates the person's educational attainment in Sierra Leone in terms of the level of schooling completed.

Comparability — General

Sierra Leone's education system changed to 6-3-3 in 1993. It consists of 6 years of primary, 3 years of junior secondary, and 3 years of senior secondary school. Students are required to pass final examinations to progress to the next level: the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) at the end of primary, the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) at the end of junior secondary, and the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) at the end of senior secondary.

Technical and vocational education is offered at different stages, from primary to post-secondary. In the 2004 census, the vocational/commercial category could include different types of education, not necessarily all of them post-secondary. Technical education refers to the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) and the Higher National Diploma (HND), which are the highest qualifications at technical/vocational institutes and polytechnics. Nursing education includes different qualifications up to that of State Registered Nurse (SRN).

Teacher education is post-secondary and it is offered at teacher colleges, polytechnics, and universities. The entry requirements depend on the program, but are at minimum completion of senior secondary. Teacher training in the 2004 census explicitly includes persons holding a Teacher Certificate (TC) or a Higher Teacher Certificate (HTC).

The tertiary education categories are university-based and they comprise certificates and diplomas, first degrees, and post-graduate programs.

The 2004 census also identifies persons who attended Koranic schools, which provide religious education based on the Koran. The census documentation does not state the forms of education in the "other" category.


  • Persons age 6+


  • Sierra Leone: 2004