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Dec 14, 2023

Paper registration for BEM & BAC 2024 in Algeria: dates and procedures revealed

The Ministry of National Education recently announced the start of the registration period for the Brevet d'Enseignement Intermediate (BEM) and Baccalaureate exams for the 2024 session. According to the official press release, registrations will begin by a few days and candidates will have 1 month to complete the online process.

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Dec 1, 2023

Algeria Bans French Educational Curriculum amid Worsening Disputes with Paris

Algeria’s Ministry of Education has warned more than 500 private schools against using the French curriculum, threatening to resort to the judiciary in the event of non-compliance with the decision, which comes in the context of the conflict between the two countries over the history of France’s colonial past in Algeria.

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Nov 21, 2023

In Algeria, end of year exams: registration begins on November 21

Registration for the Middle School Certificate (BEM) and Baccalaureate exams (2024 session) will begin Tuesday, November 21, 2023 and will last until December 21, 2023, the Ministry of National Education indicated on Monday in a communicated.

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Apr 29, 2022

Students in the region continue to face testing times

According to UNESCO, the education of more than 1.5 billion students in 165 countries was interrupted as a result of university and school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jul 30, 2021

Algeria National education: the exam calendar unveiled

The Ministry of National Education unveiled the official exam calendar for the three school cycles for the year 2020/2021.

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May 17, 2021

Algeria Bac and Bem 2021: the dates of the exams are becoming clearer

The exams for the BEM middle education certificate and the Baccalaureate for the 2021 session will have to be held after the early legislative elections scheduled for June 12. This comes after they initially decided to cancel an examination of the fifth.

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Feb 26, 2021

Algeria Exam calendar for the 2021 school year

The Ministry of Education published the calendar of quarterly exams for the 2020/2021 school year, linked to the three cycles of education. Registration for the 2021 BAC and the BEM has opened for students.

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Feb 26, 2021

Algeria Baccalaureate, intermediate school exams postponed

The Algerian Council of ministers decided to postpone the baccalaureate and intermediate school certificate examinations and the cancellation of the primary school leaving examination.

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La République Algérienne Démocratique et Populaire (The Peoples' Democratic Republic of Algeria) is located on the northern coast of Africa and is bordered by Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, and the Mediterranean Sea. It is the second-largest country in Africa in terms of area following Sudan. estimated The population is 33,769,669, 99% of which are Berbers. The literacy rate is 69.9%. The official languages are (Standard) Arabic and the Berber dialect Tamazight, with French as the language of commerce. The Algerian Arabic dialect is the day-to-day language.

Berbers have inhabited the area of present day Algeria since 10,000 BC. By 1000 BC, the Carthaginians had several settlements on the Mediterranean coast. In 200 BC, the area came under control of the Romans, and then the area became a part of the Byzantine Empire until the 8th century AD when the Arabs arrived from the East. This was the beginning of the Arabization of the Maghreb (northern Africa west of Egypt). The Berber Almoravids and Almohads tribes brought peace to the area. However, with the collapse of the Almohads, the Maghreb was divided into the successor states of Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. In 1517, Algeria became part of the Ottoman Empire which established the current boundaries of the country. In 1839, the French invaded and Algeria became a French colony. For most of the 1950s, Algerians fought for independence from France. Independence was granted on July 5, 1962.


The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research is Algeria's primary ministry of education, overseeing post-secondary education regulations as well as acting as the country's recognition body. Education is compulsory and free of cost from ages 6 to 15. Arabic is the language of instruction. Please note that some schools use Tamazight, the Berber dialect, as a language of instruction.

Primary Education

École fondamentale (primary school) lasts 9 years beginning at age 6. Upon completion, students are awarded a Brevet ďEnseignement Fondamental.

Secondary Education

Secondary schools offer both general and technical/vocational programs. General secondary school programs are 3 years and are offered at lycées d'enseignement général (general education secondary schools). After completion of the 3rd year, students sit for an examination leading to the Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement Secondaire.

Secondary Education, Vocational/Technical

Vocational/technical secondary school programs are 3 years and are offered at lycées d'enseignment technique (technical education secondary schools). After completion of the 3rd year, students sit for an examination leading to the Baccalauréat Technique.

Post-Secondary Education

Post-secondary education is offered at universities, university centers, national institutes, and national schools.

First Cycle, Academic

All first-level post-secondary university programs require a baccalauréat for admission. First-level technical university programs are 3 years and upon successful completion, students are awarded a Diplôme d'Études Universitaires Appliquées (DEUA). The DEUA does not lead to further study. First-level academic university programs are 4, 5 or 6 years. Four-year programs lead to the Licence ii, five-year engineering programs lead to the Diplôme d'Ingénieur, and six-year programs in the sciences lead to the Diplôme d'Études Supérieures (DES).

First Cycle, Technical/Vocational

Post-secondary technical/vocational programs are offered at instituts nationals (national institutes) and do not require a baccalauréat for admission. They are 2.5 years and, upon successful completion, students are awarded a Diplôme de Technicien Supérieur.

Second Cycle

Graduate programs are at least 4 semesters and require a licence, Diplôme d'Ingénieur, or a Diplôme d'Études Supérieures (DES) for admission. Upon successful defense of a thesis, students are awarded a Magister.

Third Cycle

Doctoral programs are at least 3 years, and, upon successful defense of a dissertation, students are awarded a Doctorat/Doctorate d'État.

In 2004, Algeria implemented a licence-master-doctorat system in its universities. Licence programs are 3 years following a baccalauréat. Master programs are 2 years following a licence. Doctorat programs are 3 years following a master.

Teacher Training

Primary school and secondary school teachers are trained at écoles normales supérieures (teacher training schools) which require a baccalauréat for admission. Primary school teacher training is 3-4 years. Three-year programs lead to the Diplôme de Maître ďEnseignement Fondamental. Four-year programs lead to the Diplôme de Professeur de l'Enseignement Fondamental. Secondary school teacher training programs are 5 years and lead to the Diplôme de Professeur de l'Enseignement Secondaire.



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