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Post Secondary Technical Education in Laos

Laos, Post Secondary Technical Education includes two types of institutions, technical colleges and higher technical college, that are open to students who have completed upper secondary education. The 35 institutions included in this group prepare middle and higher-level technicians. Located strategically around the country, seven are under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and the rest fall under other ministries. In 1988, enrollment was 5,265 in the 28 technical colleges and 1,136 in the 7 higher technical colleges. About 80 programs ranging from 1.3 to 3 years are offered in the technical colleges and 14 programs ranging from 1.5 to 5 years are offered in the higher technical colleges (Murugasu, 1993, pp. 21-22).

Teacher Education in Laos

Teachers for primary and secondary education are trained in specialized pedagogical institutions, only a small number of which provide instruction that would be considered to be at the postsecondary level. Most teachers have completed only the level of education immediately above the one at which they are teaching. It is common to find many of the teacher training institutions sharing facilities under a single management structure. There are 50 institutions enrolling 4,820 students preparing teachers for the pre-schools and primary schools. They tend to provide a 3-year program for students who have completed lower secondary school.

Primary and Secondary Education in Laos

The educational system in the Lao PDR that prepares students for post secondary education includes a pre-school sector (creche and kindergarten), a 5-year primary school sector, a 3-year lower secondary sector, and a 3-year upper secondary sector. In 1991-92, there were "121 creches with 1,725 students; 922 kindergartens with 22,372 students; 7,101 primary schools (of which only 1,927 had all five primary grades) with 574,038 students; 707 lower secondary schools with 87,167 students; and 118 upper secondary schools with 30,172 students" (Murugasu, 1993, p. 11).

Net enrollment ratios (% of age cohort enrolled) for each level were 61.6% for primary (ages 6-10), 7.4% for lower secondary (ages 11-13), and 3.6% for upper secondary (ages 14-16)(Murugasu, 1993, p.

Education in Laos

Education in Laos is provided mainly by the Lao government through the Ministry of Education from pre-school to senior high school. A free basic education of twelve years is guaranteed by the constitution, and a minimum of nine years' school attendance is mandatory.

Formal education consists of at least twelve years of basic education, and higher education. Basic education is divided into six years of primary education and six years of secondary education, the latter being further divided into three years of lower- and upper-secondary levels. Kindergarten levels of pre-primary education, also part of the basic education level, span 2–3 years depending on the locale, and are variably provided. Non-formal education is also supported by the state. Independent schools contribute significantly to the general education infrastructure.

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Top US Asia Diplomat Visits Laos, Vietnam, and Malaysia

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