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French Equivalent: Premier cycle de l'enseignement secondaire (CITE 2)

Lower secondary education (ISCED 2) generally continues the basic programmes of the primary level, although teaching is typically more subject-focused, often employing more specialised teachers who conduct classes in their field of specialisation.

Lower secondary education may either be “terminal” (i.e., preparing students for entry directly into working life) and/or “preparatory” (i.e., preparing students for upper secondary education). This level usually consists of two to six years of schooling (the mode of OECD countries is three years).

Source Publication:
Education at a Glance, OECD, Paris, 2002, Glossary

Cross References:
International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED).

Statistical Theme: Education and training statistics

Created on Thursday, January 30, 2003

Last updated on Thursday, February 26, 2004