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Aug 9, 2023

Burkina's calendar of exams 2023 session

The Ministry of National Education, Literacy and the Promotion of National Languages ​​and the Ministry of Sports, Youth and Employment have set the schedule for exams and competitions for the 2023 session.

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Apr 12, 2023

Insurgency leads to university closures, staff deaths in Burkina Faso

Higher education and research institutions, their staff and research projects in Burkina Faso are under threat from a jihadist insurgency, as the West African country’s military government struggles to maintain security in several regions.

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May 24, 2021

"Imaginécole" an educational platform for 6.6 million French-speaking students in Africa

To strengthen education systems in the face of the Covid pandemic, the education ministers of 10 West and Central African countries (Benin, Togo, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, Niger, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Cameroon and Chad) gathered this Thursday to launch Imaginécole, a new collaborative online learning platform. A system piloted in particular by France.

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May 18, 2021

Baccalaureate in Burkina Faso: What to remember from the current reforms

The 2021 baccalaureate session will be organized by the Bac Office housed within the Joseph KI-Zerbo University and it will have no changes, said the National Education and Higher Education. Baccalaureate holders were also reassured that they will be able to continue to register on the Campus Faso platform for the various orientations, as is currently the case for holders of the baccalaureate from Mali, Benin and Côte d'Ivoire who have always enrolled in universities.

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May 18, 2021

Burkina Faso Ministry of Education prepare to meet the challenges of 2021

The second session of the Administrative Council of the Ministerial Sector (CASEM) of the Ministry of National Education, Literacy and the Promotion of National Languages ​​opened this Wednesday, December 23, 2020 in Loumbila. On the menu, the review of the 2020 report and the adoption of the 2021 action plan.

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Burkina Faso


Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa bordered by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Côte d'Ivoire. Formerly known as the Republic of Upper Volta, it was renamed “Burkina Faso” on August 4, 1984, by President Thomas Sankara. Burkina Faso means “Land of the Upright People”. The name was chosen to reflect the 2 major languages spoken in the country. “Burkina” means “men of integrity” in the Moré language and “Faso” means “father's house” in the Dioula language. It is one of the poorest countries in the world with few natural resources. The population of Burkina Faso is 14,326,203 and literacy is 21.8%, which is the lowest in Africa. French is the official language, but is not widely-spoken. Ninety percent of the people of Burkina Faso speak languages from the Sudanic language family.

Inhabitants of present-day Burkina Faso can be traced back to hunter-gatherers who arrived in about 12,000 BC. In 1896, the area became a French protectorate and gained independence in 1960.


Education is compulsory from ages 6 to 16, but only 40% of primary school age children are enrolled and only 9.2% of secondary school age children are enrolled. Girls make up just 35% of all students enrolled. Currently, the Ministère de l'Éducation oversees lower levels of education while the Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur, de la Recherche Scientifique et de l'Innovationoversees post-secondary education.

Primary Education

Enseignement de Base (Primary Education) is 6 years and students are awarded a Certificat d'Études Primaires upon completion.

Secondary Education

Following basic education, students can continue on in general or technical/vocational studies at the lower secondary level. Technical/vocational lower secondary studies are offered at collêges ďenseignement technique (CET) (technical lower secondary schools). The programs are 3 years long and students are awarded a Certificat d'Aptitude Professionnelle (CAP). General lower secondary studies are offered at collêges ďenseignement général (general lower secondary schools). Upon completion of study, students are awarded a Brevet d'Études du Premier Cycle (BEPC).

Following lower secondary, students have the choice of continuing in technical or general studies at the upper secondary level. General upper secondary level studies 3 years and are offered at lycées. Upon completion, students are awarded a Baccalauréat or a Diplôme de Bachelier de l'Enseignement du Second Degré. Technical upper secondary studies at lycées techniques (technical upper secondary schools). There are 2-year and 3-years programs. The 2-year programs are less academic and more vocational in nature and students are awarded a Brevet d’Études Professionnelles (BEP). 3-year programs are academic and technical, and award a Baccalauréat Technique

Post-Secondary Education

First Cycle, Academic

There are 3 public universities: Université de Ouagadougou, the Université Polytechnique de Bobo-Dioulasso, and the Université de Koudougou. Admission to university studies requires a baccalauréat. First-cycle university studies are 2 years and students are awarded a Diplôme d'Études Universitaires Générales (DEUG) or a Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie (DUT), depending on their program of study.

First Cycle, Vocational/Technical

Public and private institutions provide post-secondary programs of study. The École Inter-États des Techniciens Supérieurs de l'Hydraulique et de Équipement Rural (Inter-State School of Hydraulic and Rural Equipment Higher Technicians) is a public institution and offers a 2-year program and awards a Technicien Supérieur (Higher Technician) upon completion.

Second Cycle

Second cycle studies include the one-year Licence which requires a DEUG for admission, and is followed by the one-year Maîtrise. The Diplôme d'Ingénieur is awarded after a 3-year program of study following a DEUG.

Third Cycle

Third cycle (post-graduate) studies require a maîtrise or Diplôme ďIngénieur. The Diplôme d'Études Supérieures Spécialisées (DESS) and the Diplôme d'Études Approfondies (DEA) are one-year post-graduate programs.



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