Centered between the countries of Togo and Nigeria, Benin city resides on the Atlantic ocean coast with a population of around 8 million people. Benin city education has been free for the last ten years. However, one of the bright spots of the nation’s domestic affairs in Benin is education. Below are five facts about education in Benin city.
1. In 2007, an education forum was held, and education in Benin city was declared free. Benin,s free education system operates under 6-4-3-3-4 format. French is the primary teaching language, and students begin their educational journey by attending primary school for six years, followed by the junior high school for four years, then senior high school for three years, bachelor’s degree for three years and finally four years for master’s degree. For a student to upgrade from junior to senior high school, he or she must take Brevet d’Etudes du Premier Cycle (BEPC) or O-Level exam. It is also a requirement to pass the A-Level exam or Baccalauréat (BAC) for a student to pass the senior high school.
2. A numbered grading system is followed in Benin Education which ranges from 10 to 20 the level of classroom production for a student’s level. Averaging, 20 is an excellent grade, 16-17 is a very good grade, 14-15 is a good grade, 12 is a relatively good grade, and 10 is good enough for a pass.
3. There is uneven gender enrollment in Benin education. The gross primary enrollment rate for girls is 55.7 percent, opposed to 88.4 percent for boys. This gap between female and male literacy worsen due to school dropouts. Benin is ranked 35th for having most girls dropouts cases, with over 140, 000 females not enrolled in secondary or primary school education.
4. The main for education in Benin is State funding. Between 1993 and 1999, the national budget used for education declined from 20 percent to 15 percent but at the same time span, the primary education rose. The courses to become a teacher are readily available.
5. In 1975, an education forum called new school was established with hopes of democratizing education. Conclusively, will all these facts, Benin city still faces challenges for providing equal education opportunities for women. Also, Benin is making progress in assuring the future success of their education system.