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Bahrain

Secondary Education

At the secondary level of education, students diverge along various educational tracks and vocational professional specializations, including science, literary studies, agriculture, printing, textiles, and advertising, among others. Most technical and vocational programs are limited to men, and textile and advertising are limited to women. Thus while male enrollment is split fairly evenly between the traditional arts and sciences tracks and the more vocationally oriented programs, female enrollment at the secondary level is predominantly in the science and literary programs, in some cases representing more than 60 percent of a given track's enrollment. The coursework at this level comprises core courses, courses in the area of the student's specialization, free elective courses, and programs designed to prepare students for either higher education or the labor market.

In 2000 there were 28 government schools at the secondary level, including 3 commercial secondary schools, 17 general secondary schools, 4 technical schools, a religious institute for men, and 3 schools classified by the Ministry of Education as intermediate/secondary institutions. There were a total of 1,879 teachers at the secondary level in 1999-2000, of whom 466 were non-Bahraini expatriate teachers, roughly a quarter of the total number of teachers at this level. Performance evaluation of secondary schools consists of both internal and external indicator review as well as cumulative and summative evaluations.


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