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Secondary Education is free in Mauritius since 1977 and, as from 2005, it became compulsory for all up to the age of 16. The provision of secondary education is regulated by the State through the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research (MOEHRTESR).
Secondary Education in Mauritius is a 7-year cycle from Grade 7 to Grade 13. With the Nine-Year Continuous Basic Education (NYCBE)reforms (2016), ALL children having completed the first six years of basic education (Grades 1 to 6) in their primary school, move on to Grade 7 in a secondary school.
Level of Education
Grades 1 to 6
Nine Year Continuous Basic Education
Grades 7 to 9
Grades 10 to 11
Grades 12 to 13
Grades 7 to 9 (or Lower Secondary Education) correspond to the last 3 years of the nine-year continuous basic education cycle.
Upon completion of their basic education, students pursue their secondary education in Grades 10 to 11, at the end of which they sit for the Cambridge School Certificate/ General Certificate of Education ‘O’ level examination.
Successful students move on to Upper Secondary Education in Grades 12 and 13 leading to the Cambridge Higher School Certificate/General Certificate of Education ‘A’ level examination.
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) offers alternative pathways to students for post- Grade 9, post-Grade 11 or post-Grade 13 studies, leading to the award of National Certificates, National Diplomas or Higher National Diplomas in specific fields.
The number and types of secondary schools in Mauritius is shown below:
No of Secondary Schools
State Secondary Schools
Private grant-aided Secondary Schools
8 in Rodrigues
1 in Agalega
Private fee-paying Secondary Schools
Enrolment in Secondary Schools stood at 110,715 for year 2018, with 53,155 boys (48%) and 57560 girls (52%). Around 44.1% of the secondary school population was in state schools, 50.1% in private grant-aided and 5.8% in private fee-paying schools (Source: Education Statistics, 2018).
English and French are compulsory core subjects within the Secondary School Curriculum. Teaching is carried out in English for all subjects, except for French, Asian and other languages.