What is the School System Like in Pakistan?
The school system in Pakistan is very different from what we are used to in the United States. In Pakistan, there are two types of schools: government schools and private schools. Government schools are free to attend, but they are often overcrowded and underfunded.
Private schools are more expensive, but they typically offer better resources and facilities. Pakistan’s education system is divided into five levels: primary (grades 1-5), middle (grades 6-8), high (grades 9-10), higher secondary (grades 11-12), and tertiary. Most students begin their education at the primary level, which lasts for five years.
Upon completion of primary school, students take an exam called the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination. Those who pass this exam can move on to middle school. Middle school lasts for three years, after which students take another exam called the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) examination.
Students who pass this exam can then move on to high school or higher secondary school. The high school level consists of grades 9 and 10, while the higher secondary level consists of grades 11 and 12. After completing either high school or higher secondary school, students can take the Pakistan National Examination (PNE) or opt for a vocational program instead.
Those who pass the PNE can move on to tertiary education at a university or college.