Mauritius has a 6-5-2 formal education structure. Primary school has an official entry age of five and a duration of six grades. Secondary school is divided into two cycles: lower secondary consists of grades 7 – 11, and upper secondary consists of grades 12 – 13.
Lower secondary education is considered to be divided into two stages; the first three years follow a “general” course of study, while the last two years prepare students to sit for examinations at the end of the five-year sequence. In principle, public school is free and primary and lower secondary school are compulsory. Students sit for the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) at the end of grade 6, the Cambridge School Certificate or General Certificate of Education O-Level at the end of grade 11, and the Higher School Certificate or General Certificate of Education A-Level at the end of grade 13.The academic year is broken down into trimesters and lasts approximately 39 weeks. (UNESCO IBE, World Data on Education. 7th E