2017, a transition year for the Education sector

  • Posted 11 Jan 2017
2017, a transition year for the Education sector

This Academic Year 2017 is considered a transition year during which Government’s reform project for Mauritius’ learning sector - the Nine-Year Continuous Basic Education (NYCBE) – is being implemented.

The core of the reform is the replacement of the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) by the Primary School Achievement Certificate at the end of Grade 6 as from 2017 onwards.

Under the NYCBE, the Proposed Education Structure will comprise 13 grades as follows:

Grades 1-6 - Basic Education (Primary) – Primary Schools
Grades 7-9 - Basic Education (Lower Secondary) - Regional Secondary Schools
Grades 10-11 - Upper Secondary - Regional Secondary Schools / Academies
Grades 12-13 - Upper Secondary - Regional Secondary Schools / Academies / Polytechnics

Other amendments, under the NYCBE include: the introduction of a National Certificate of Education as from 2020 onwards; and the setting up of Academies which will run classes from Grades 10 to 13 and specialise in certain streams/subjects, and of Polytechnics.

The objectives are to provide equitable Learning for All opportunities for students to attain high levels of achievement, and inculcate in young people a sense of moral responsibility, patriotism and set of values.

This year 12,000 pupils have joined Grade 1, formerly Standard I while 15 000 students have enrolled in the secondary education sector in Grade 7, previously Form I.

A total of 191 600 children, representing the student population of both primary (81 600) and secondary (110 000) education sectors, except Grade I and Grade 7, resumed school on Tuesday 10th January.

The school calendar for the Primary and Secondary Education Sectors for Academic Year 2017 is as follows:
Primary
1st Term : Monday 9 January to Friday 7 April
2nd Term: Monday 24 April to Friday 14 July
3rd Term : Monday 14 August to Friday 3 November
Secondary
1st Term : Monday 9 January to Friday 7 April
2nd Term: Monday 24 April to Friday 14 July
3rd Term : Monday 7 August to Friday 27 October

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