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Sep 13, 2021

Niger Baccalaureate Exams postponed

The Minister of Higher Education and Research announced the exams of the baccalaureate session 2021 are postponed for technical and financial reasons.

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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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Mar 26, 2021

Why Niger Postponed Basic, Secondary Schools Resumption to January 25

The commissioner said the adjustment in the resumption date for academic activities in the state was due to the COVID-19 pandemic being monitored by government at the national and local levels, and to guarantee the safety of school managers, teachers and learners.

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Jan 11, 2021

New measures for the organization of the baccalaureate

The Niger government has just announced new measures and reforms in the organization of the 2021 baccalaureate exam session.

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Niger

Overview

The République du Niger is a landlocked country in western Africa and is bordered by Algeria, Libya, Chad, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, and Mali. The population is 13,272,679 and the literacy rate is 28.7%. It is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. It is also one of the hottest countries in the world with 80% of the country part of the Sahara Desert. French is the official language with Hausa and Djerma widely spoken.

Civilization in the area of present-day Niger can be traced back to 10,000 BC when the area was a fertile grassland. The Tuareg and Hausa tribes settled in the area in the 17th and 18th centuries. The first European explorers arrived in the 18th century. In 1922, it became a French colony that was administered from Senegal. On August 3, 1960, it gained independence from France.

Education

Education is free and compulsory for 6 years beginning at age 6, but the average time spent in school is 4 years.

Primary Education

L'École primaire (Primary school) is 6 years beginning at age 6. Upon completion, students are awarded a Certificat de Fin d'Études du Premier Degré (CFEPD).

Secondary Education

Collège (lower secondary school) is 4 years, and, upon completion, students are awarded a Diplôme de Fin d'Études de Base (DFEB) or a Brevet d'Études du Premier Cycle (BEPC). Lycée (upper secondary school) is 3 years and, depending on the program study, students sit for an external examination that leads to the Baccalauréat or the Baccalauréat Technique. Students who have completed all 3 years of upper secondary school but who do not pass a Baccalauréat examination are awarded a Diplôme de Fin d'Études Nigeriens (DFEN).

Post-Secondary Education

First-Cycle, Academic

First-level university studies are 2 years and require a Baccalauréat or a Baccalauréat Technique for admission. Studies in the arts and humanities lead to the Diplôme Universitaire d'Études Littéraires (DUEL); scientific studies lead to the Diplôme Universitaire d'Études Scientifiques (DUES), economics studies lead to the Diplôme Universitaire d'Études Économiques Générales (DUEEG), and general university studies lead to the Diplôme Universitaire d'Études Générale (DEUG).

First Cycle, Vocational/Technical

Post-secondary vocational/technical studies are offered at various centers and institutes. Programs are 2-3 years long and lead to the Diplôme de Technicien Supérieur.

Second Cycle

Second-level university studies are 2 years. The Licence is awarded after the first year and the Maîtrise is awarded after the second year.

Third Cycle

Third-level university studies require a Maîtrise for admission. The Diplôme d'Études Supérieures Spécialisées (DESS) is awarded after 1 year of study and an internship. The Diplôme d'Études Approfondies (DEA) is awarded after 1 - 2 years of graduate study.

Doctoral studies are 3 - 5 years, depending on the diploma awarded. The Doctorat de 3ème Cycle is awarded after no more than 3 years of study and a defense of dissertation. After the first year of study, students are awarded a Diplôme d'Études Approfondies (DEA). The Doctorat d'État is awarded after 5 years of doctoral study and defense of a dissertation. This diploma is rarely awarded in fields other than in the sciences.

Teacher Training

Primary school teachers are trained at écoles normales in a 3-year program leading to the Diplôme de Fin d'Études Normales (DFEN). The Brevet d'Études du Premier Cycle (BEPC) or the Baccalauréat are required for admission.

Lower secondary school teachers are trained in a one-year program at an école normale supérieure which requires a Diplôme Universitaire d'Études Générale (DEUG) and an entrance examination for admission. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded a Diplôme d'Aptitude Professionnelle au Professorat des Collèges d'Enseignement Général (DAP/CEG). Upper secondary school teachers are trained in a one-year program that requires a Maîtrise and an entrance examination for admission. Upon completion, students are awarded a Certificat d'Aptitude Professionnelle à l'Enseignement Secondaire (CAPES).


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