Duration of compulsory education:
Age of entry: 6
Age of exit: 16
Structure of school system:
During this period the little students are taught how to identify letters and read. Student ages range from 3 to 6.
Type of school providing this education: Elementary School
Length of program in years: 6
Age level from: 6 to: 12
Type of school providing this education: Junior High School
Length of program in years: 3
Age level from: 12 to: 15
Certificate/diploma awarded: Examination by the West African Examination Council (WAEC)
Type of school providing this education: Senior High School
Length of program in years: 3
Age level from: 15 to: 18
Certificate/diploma awarded: West African Examination Council (WAEC) Certificate
Elementary education lasts for six years.
Secondary education consists of two three-year cycles: three years of Junior secondary (Grades VII-IX) and three years of Senior secondary education (Grades X-XII). At the end of Grade IX, students sit for an examination administered by the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
Successful students are eligible to enter Senor High School. Upper secondary education culminates in the WAEC Certificate Examination, which is the basis for access to higher education institutions. An entrance examination is required for access to higher education.
Higher education is mostly provided by the University of Liberia in Monrovia, the African Methodist Episcopal University, Cuttington University College (private and linked to the Episcopalian Church), and Colleges. Each tertiary institution sets its own standards. Degree-granting institutions are chartered by the National Legislature.
Each has a separate Board of Trustees or directors appointed under the terms of its charter. Institutions of higher education are under the authority of the Ministry of Education, the National Commission on Higher Education and the Board of Trustees.
Classes from: Mar to: Dec
Long vacation from: 1 Jan to: 28 Feb
Languages of instruction: English
Stages of studies:
Non-university level post-secondary studies (technical/vocational type):
Non-university level: Associate Degree:
Non-university level post-secondary education consists of two-year courses offered by junior colleges leading to the award of an Associate Degree. Several colleges also offer middle-level technical training and Liberal Arts education.
University level studies:
University level first stage: Bachelor's Degree:
The first stage lasts for four years and leads to the award of the Bachelor's Degree. The curricular structure generally provides for the first two years to include basic and general courses, such as English, introductory Physical and Social Sciences, Physical Education and general Mathematics. This is followed by courses in the student's area of specialization. Entry to legal studies requires at least two years' previous higher education; the degree of Bachelor of Laws is awarded after three years of specialization.
University level second stage: Master's Degree:
A second stage leads to the Master of Science Degree, awarded by the University of Liberia after two years' graduate study. In Medicine, the Doctorate is conferred after seven years of study.
Training of pre-primary and primary/basic school teachers
Primary-school teachers are trained at upper secondary level at a Teacher Training Institute. Courses last for three years and lead to a Primary Teacher's Certificate/Grade C Teaching Certificate.
Training of secondary school teachers
A Grade B Teaching Certificate is required to teach in Junior High Schools. Upper Secondary-school teachers are graduates. They are trained at the Teachers' College of the University of Liberia, the Department of Education at Cuttington University College and William V.S. Tubman Teachers College. Courses last for four years and lead to a Bachelor's Degree in Education. They may also follow a two-year course leading to a Grade A Teaching Certificate if they already hold a degree in another subject.
Training of higher education teachers
A Master's Degree is required to teach in Colleges of Education, together with a teaching qualification. University teachers must hold a Doctorate.