Higher Education

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General secondary school education in the Republic of Azerbaijan consists of three levels - primary, general secondary, and full secondary education, and general secondary school education begins with six years of age. General secondary school education is conducted on relevant educational programs (curriculums). The general secondary school education in the country implemented in schools of general education, special purpose schools, gymnasiums, lyceums, the primary and secondary vocational schools educational institutions. In Azerbaijan, compulsory education is between the age of 6 and 15. Primary school takes 4 years with the age of 6 to 10, basic school education takes 5 years from age 10 to 15, and the secondary school education is for 2 more years till 17 with the final achievement of the Certificate of Complete Secondary Education. Instead of the usual secondary school, there is also technical secondary school, lasting 3 years until the age of 18, where students can finally get a Certificate of Complete Secondary Specialized Education. Education system in Azerbaijan is regulated by the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan. In the pre-Soviet period, Azerbaijani education included intensive Islamic religious training that commenced in early childhood. During the Soviet period, the Azerbaijani education system was based on the standard model imposed by Moscow, which featured state control of all education institutions and heavy doses of Marxist-Leninist ideology at all levels. Since independence, the Azerbaijani system has undergone little structural change. Initial alterations have included the reestablishment of religious education (banned during the Soviet period) and curriculum changes that have reemphasized the use of the Azerbaijani language and have eliminated ideological content. Education through the eighth grade is compulsory. The...
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