Secondary School
 

                                       
The Secondary School caters for pupils from ages 12 to 18 

They are collectively known as the ‘Senior School’.

Secondary Education cycle

This is a six-year stage which covers grade 7 to Grade 12, from age 12 to 18. Secondary education is divided into two main branches namely, academic/general and technical/vocational. The choice of either branch is up to pupils themselves. The academic branch, also known as the "theoretical branch" is divided into four mainstreams namely, literature and culture, socio-economic, physics-mathematics, and finally experimental sciences. The technical/vocational branch is particularly designed to train technicians for the labor market. This branch covers three mainstreams namely, technical, business/vocational, and agriculture. There are specific subject and performance requirements for admission to some secondary programs. National examinations are conducted at the end of each grade during the secondary cycle. For the curricula and educational system see the diagrams in appendix A.

The Ministry of Education has been studying a new secondary education system for several years. The new plan which was approved in 1990 aims at upgrading the quality of secondary cycle by making use of latest educational developments. Having finished their primary school, students can proceed to secondary cycle choosing either vocational/technical or academic branch. The secondary graduates who are interested in post-secondary education must complete one preparation year to be entitled for attending the university entrance examination known as KONKUR. This nation-wide examination serves as the general National Entrance Examination for admission to universities

                  

3 year schedule by number of hours per week

no

SUBJECTS

1st

2nd

3rd

1

Arabic Language

2

2

2

2

Art

1

1

1

3

Foreign Language

3

3

3

4

History and Geography

3

3

3

5

Mathematics

5

5

5

6

Natural Sciences

5

5

5

7

Persian Language and Literature

5

5

5

8

Quran

2

2

2

9

Religion and Ethics

3

3

3

10

Social Studies

1

1

1

11

Sports

2

2

2

12

Vocation and Technical Studies

4

4

4

TOTAL

36

36

36


 

* The schedule is six hours per day.

** Taught along with Persian Language and Literature.

SUBJECTS  

10th

11th

12th

Pre-university

*** Taught along with Analysis.

Algebra

3

3

3

4***

**** First and second year grade students work one day per week outside schools.

Arabic Language

2

2

2

-

Biology and Hygiene

2

-

-

-

Table 4: The subjects of Academic Secondary Education

Chemistry

2

3

3

4

(Experimental Science Branch)

Foreign Language

3

3

4

4

4-year schedule by number of hours per week in each grade

no

SUBJECTS

10th

11th

12th

Pre-university

1

Algebra

3

2

3**

-

2

Arabic Language

2

2

2

-

3

Biology and Hygiene

2

4

4

6

4

Chemistry

2

3

3

4

5

Foreign Language

3

3

4

3

6

Geography

-

2

-

-

7

Geology

-

-

2

2

8

Geometry

2

2***

1

-

9

History

-

-

2

-

10

Lab Work

2

2

2

3

11

Mathematics

-

-

-

4

12

Modern Mathematics

2

-

-

-

13

Persian Composition*

-

-

-

-

14

Persian Language and Literature

4

4

5

5

15

Physics

3

3

3

4

16

Religion and Ethics

3

3

3

3

17

Social Sciences

2

-

-

-

18

Sports

2

2

2

2

TOTAL ****

32

32

36

36

* Taught along with Persian Language and Literature.

Geography

-

2

-

-

** Taught along with Trigonometry.

Geometry

2

2

3

3

*** Taught along with Trigonometry.

History

-

-

2

-

**** First and second year grade students work one day per week outside schools.

Lab Work

2

1

2

2

Mechanics

-

-

-

2

Modern Mathematics

2

2

2

4

Table 5 : The subjects of Academic Secondary Education

Persian Composition**

-

-

-

-

(Literature and Culture Branch)

Persian Language and Literature

4

4

5

5

4-year schedule by number of hours per week in each grade

no

SUBJECTS

10th

11th

12th

Pre-university

1

Arabic Language

4

4

4

4

2

Economy

2

-

-

-

3

Foreign Language

3

3

4

3

4

Geography

2

4

2

2

5

History

-

2

2

4

6

History of Literature

-

2

2

3

7

Logic

-

-

-

1

8

Mathematics

3

-

-

-

9

Natural Sciences

4

-

-

-

10

Persian Composition

*

1

2

2

11

Persian Language and Literature

4

6

6

5

12

Persian Language Grammar

-

1

2

1

13

Philosophy

-

-

-

3

14

Psychology

-

-

3

-

15

Religion and Ethics

3

3

3

3

16

Social Sciences

4

-

-

-

17

Sociology

-

2

2

-

18

Sports

2

2

2

2

19

Statistics

-

1

-

-

TOTAL **

31

31

34

35

* Taught along with Persian Language and Literature.

Physics

3

3

3

4

** First and second year grade students work one day per week outside schools.

Religion and Ethics

3

3

3

3

Social Studies

2

-

-

-

Sports

2

2

2

2

Table 6: The subjects of Academic Secondary Education

Trigonometry

-

2

2

-

(Socio-economic Branch)

Total ****

32

32

36

36

4-year schedule by number of hours per week in each grade

no

SUBJECTS

10th

11th

12th

Pre-university

1

Arabic Language

4

2

2

-

2

Commercial Affairs

-

-

2

-

3

Economic Development

-

-

-

2

4

Economy

2

2

2

-

5

Foreign Language

3

3

4

3

6

Geography

2

4

2

4

7

History

-

2

2

4

8

Islamic Economy

-

-

-

3

9

Logic

-

-

-

1

10

Mathematics

3

3

-

-

11

Natural Sciences

4

-

-

-

12

Persian Composition *

-

-

-

-

13

Persian Language and Literature

4

4

5

5

14

Philosophy

-

-

-

3

15

Psychology

-

-

3

-

16

Religion and Ethics

3

3

3

3

17

Social Sciences

4

4

2

2

18

Sociology

-

-

-

3

19

Sports

2

2

2

2

20

Statistics

-

2

3

-

TOTAL **

31

31

32

35

* Taught along with Persian Language and Literature.

* Taught along with Persian Language and Literature.

** Taught along with Trigonometry.

*** Taught along with Trigonometry.

**** First and second year grade students work one day per week outside schools.

Table 5 : The subjects of Academic Secondary Education

(Literature and Culture Branch)

4-year schedule by number of hours per week in each grade

no

SUBJECTS

10th

11th

12th

Pre-university

1

Arabic Language

4

4

4

4

2

Economy

2

-

-

-

3

Foreign Language

3

3

4

3

4

Geography

2

4

2

2

5

History

-

2

2

4

6

History of Literature

-

2

2

3

7

Logic

-

-

-

1

8

Mathematics

3

-

-

-

9

Natural Sciences

4

-

-

-

10

Persian Composition

*

1

2

2

11

Persian Language and Literature

4

6

6

5

12

Persian Language Grammar

-

1

2

1

13

Philosophy

-

-

-

3

14

Psychology

-

-

3

-

15

Religion and Ethics

3

3

3

3

16

Social Sciences

4

-

-

-

17

Sociology

-

2

2

-

18

Sports

2

2

2

2

19

Statistics

-

1

-

-

TOTAL **

31

31

34

35

* Taught along with Persian Language and Literature.

** First and second year grade students work one day per week outside schools.

Table 6: The subjects of Academic Secondary Education

(Socio-economic Branch)

4-year schedule by number of hours per week in each grade

no

SUBJECTS

10th

11th

12th

Pre-university

1

Arabic Language

4

2

2

-

2

Commercial Affairs

-

-

2

-

3

Economic Development

-

-

-

2

4

Economy

2

2

2

-

5

Foreign Language

3

3

4

3

6

Geography

2

4

2

4

7

History

-

2

2

4

8

Islamic Economy

-

-

-

3

9

Logic

-

-

-

1

10

Mathematics

3

3

-

-

11

Natural Sciences

4

-

-

-

12

Persian Composition *

-

-

-

-

13

Persian Language and Literature

4

4

5

5

14

Philosophy

-

-

-

3

15

Psychology

-

-

3

-

16

Religion and Ethics

3

3

3

3

17

Social Sciences

4

4

2

2

18

Sociology

-

-

-

3

19

Sports

2

2

2

2

20

Statistics

-

2

3

-

TOTAL **

31

31

32

35

* Taught along with Persian Language and Literature.

** First and second year grade students work one day per week outside schools.

Table 7: The General Courses of Secondary Education

(Vocational and Technical Branch)

no

SUBJECTS

1

Foreign Language

2

Mathematics

3

Persian Language and Literature

4

Physics and Chemistry

5

Religion and Ethics

6

Social Studies

7

Specialized Courses *

8

Sports

* In addition to the above mentioned general courses, there are various specialized courses which are taught at the three branches (Industrial, Agricultural, Business and Vocation) of technical and vocational secondary education.