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Education System in Lebanon - An Overview

Ministry of Education in Lebanon is responsible for administering the Education System of Lebanon. All schools in Lebanon have instructions from the Government to follow a prescribed syllabus. Further, subjects mainly taught at school level are Mathematics, Sciences, History, Civics, Geography, Arabic, English, French, Art and Physical Education, etc. Lebanon has majorly two types of schools, that is Public and Private.

Private schools are free to teach extra lessons, which is subject to approval from the ministry of education. Furthermore, as a student progresses to higher classes the number of subjects increases gradually, which is accompanied by higher difficulty levels.

For example, students of 11th grade study 18 different subjects.  Students of 11th grade have choices between three concentrations, economy, humanities, or sciences. Similarly, students of 12th grade have choices between four concentrations, Life Sciences (SV), General Sciences (SG), Sociology and Economics (SE), and Humanities and Literature (LH). The choices in concentration do not include major changes in the number of subjects taken, if at all.  Subjects that fall within concentrations contribute significantly to the final grade. Subjects that fall out of the concentration are less rigorous and given less weightage in grading.

Lebanon, a founding member state, joined UNESCO on November 4, 1946. The UNESCO Beirut Office, a regional office for education in the Arab states, opened in 1961. UNESCO Institute for Statistics has conducted detailed study on Education and Literacy Scenario in Lebanon.
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