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An Update on the Changes in the Primary and Secondary Education System in Iran

08:46 | 09/11/2019
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Iran’s educational system has undergone a number of resforms since 1979. One sector that has been seen several reforms in the past four decades is the primary and secondary educational systems.

The most recent changes to the educational system took place in 2013 where primary education has been extended from 5 to 6 years, followed by 3 years of lower secondary and 3 years of upper secondary. In the new system, the 13th year, known as pre-university (pishdaneshgahi) has been absorbed into the upper secondary cycle and is no longer offered. This 6+3+3 year-system has become operational from September 2019 and thus the final one year known as pishdaneshgahi has been eliminated.

Students who complete the 12th year from the new system and pass final exams will receive their Certificate/Diploma of High School Completion degree. They will then be eligible to sit for the national entrance exam for universities of continue their education in any university abroad.

OISC has prepared a historic overview of Iran’s primary and secondary cycle for use as a quick reference when reviewing and evaluating academic transcripts of students from Iran.

Previous Educational Systems

Pre-1979 Islamic revolution [5+3+4]

  • 5 years primary (grades 1-5)
  • 3 years middle school/guidance cycle (grades 6, 7, 8)
  • 4 years upper secondary (grades 9, 10, 11, 12)

Post-1979 Islamic Revolution (through 1995) [5+3+4]

  • 5 years primary (grades 1-5)
  • 3 years middle school/guidance cycle (grades 6, 7, 8)
  • 4 years upper secondary (grades 9, 10, 11, 12)

1996-2013 [5+3+3+1]

  • 5 years primary (grades 1-5)
  • 3 years middle school/guidance cycle (grades 6, 7, 8)
  • 3 years upper secondary (grades 9, 10, 11)
  • 1 year pre-university (year 12)

Current Educational System

2013 to present [6+3+3] (Practically implemented from September 2019)

  • 6 years primary (grades 1-6)
  • 3 years lower secondary cycle (grades 7, 8, 9)
  • 3 years upper secondary cycle (grades 10, 11, 12)

Here’s a good link to a page on the UCAS website dedicated to Iran’s pre-university certificate and the recent changes made to the primary and secondary system: https://qips.ucas.com/qip/iran-pre-university-certificate-pishdaneshgahi

Please note that at the bottom of UCAS page it is explicitly mentioned that:
“The Pre-university certificate (pishdaneshgahi) will cease to be awarded in 2019.”
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