Secondary education is
divided into lower level secondary (two years of general
education) and upper level secondary for children aged
14-17yrs who have successfully completed lower level with at
least a 50% pass mark. This latter period is available in
either a Long Cycle or Short Cycle.
The Long Cycle is a four
year course of general and technical education leading to
the Diplome d'Etat d'Etudes Secondaires du Cycle Long
whilst the three year Short Cycle lasts for five years of
technical/vocational study at the end of which a Brevet
School education in
the Democratic Republic of Congo is divided into two
semesters of six months each with each semester being
further divided into three month sections. Its required to
pass each section before progressing to the next with,
again, at least a 50% mark which is made up of tests and
quizzes. Those who fail have to resit.
This video shows
the challenges facing the educational system in the
Democratic Republic of Congo and the children it serves.
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