Education System in Yemen
Yemen is an Arab country located in the southern western region of the Arabian Peninsula. Bordered by Saudi Arabia in the north, the Red Sea to the west, Oman to its east and the Gulf of Eden and the Arabian Sea to the south. It is one of the oldest civilizations of the East. The name Yemen is appropriately derived from the Arabic term Yamin meaning “on the right side”. Another derivation of Yemen is from Yumn, meaning ‘felicity”.
Yemen is the world’s 50th largest country and experiences a range of temperature changes because of its coastal location. The climate in Yemen ranges from hot temperatures during the day to a considerably cooler temperature during the nights.
The basic education program lasts for 9 years. The education is free and open to all 6-14 years of age. The government has even instituted a school feeding program. This program aims to feed children from poor families.
Secondary school education in Yemen completes the 12 year of school education cycle. Students willing to join university preparation follow a common curriculum for grade 10. In grade 11 there are options to chose from literature or science field. At the completion of Grade 12 students appear for General Secondary Education Certificate. Also at secondary level students have the option to chose vocational studies i.e. skill development courses.
University education is of 4 years duration however technical education for example Engineering and Medicine requires 5 to 6 years respectively.