Who has the right to be exempted from the Lebanese curriculum?
Any student can pursue a foreign educational system legally recognized in Lebanon on condition that he was exempted from the Lebanese curriculum according to one of the following categories:
A Lebanese who studied abroad (law 29/73);
A non Lebanese or a Lebanese who is a holder of another country's passport, and who has studied abroad or in Lebanon.
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Is it possible for all the Lebanese living abroad to obtain an exemption?
No, the law 29/73 specifies the conditions as follows:
The student or his guardian should provide proof of residence in the country, where he completed his studies
A student who is in the primary education, from grade one to grade seven or the equivalent, should submit his grades showing that he has successfully completed three consecutive years of study in a recognized school abroad.
A student from grade eight to grade twelve or equivalent should submit his grades showing that he has successfully completed two consecutive years of study in a recognized school abroad?.
What are the foreign programs that can be legally taught in Lebanon?
In addition to the Lebanese curriculum which is implemented in Lebanese public and private schools, only three foreign educational systems are allowed in private schools and regulated by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in order to ensure quality:
The French system
The International Baccalaureate system
The high-school system
Can any school teach a non-Lebanese curriculum?
In order to teach the French system, the school has to have the following status:
In order to teach the International Baccalaureate system, the school has to have the following status:
In order to teach the
American System (High School Degree (HSD) the school has to have the following status:
It should be recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
Since there is as yet no accreditation body or international body, any school recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education can, in theory, teach the American system
And in order to ensure the quality and level of education in this system (American System), the Ministry of Education and Higher Education issued laws that require the following conditions:
The student must have:
The Diploma and the number of years of study:
What are certificates granted by these programs?
The French System: French Baccalaureate (BF)
The high-school system: High school diploma (for equivalence click Freshman )
The International Baccalaureate System: International Baccalaureate (IB)
N.B: No school certificate can give the permission to pursue higher education outside conditions mentioned above.
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