Uzbekistan reduces years of school from 12 to 11

Starting in the late 1990s, Uzbekistan expanded their primary-secondary education system from 11 to 12 years: 4 years of primary (boshlang'ich ), 5 years of secondary (o'rta), and 3 years at either an academic lyceum (akademik litsey) or professional college (kasb-hunar kollej).

Now, starting in 2017, they have gone back to an 11-year system. Following completion of grade 9, students can either continue for 2 more years of general secondary education (umumiy o'rta ta'lim) or change to an academic lyceum for 2 years. The first graduates from the new system were in 2019.

Graduates of grade 11 in the new system are eligible to go on to either vocational college or university.

The credentials awarded after completion of grade 9 and grade 11 currently have the same name in English: Certificate of General Secondary Education. It will be necessary to check the credential name in Uzbek and/or Russian to confirm the level of education:

  • Grade 9: Umumiy o'rta ta’lim to'g'risida shahodatnoma (Uzbek), Свидетельство о среднем общем образовании (Russian)
  • Grade 11: Umumiy o'rta ta’lim to'g'risida attestat (Uzbek), Аттестат о среднем общем образовании (Russian)



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