The general secondary stage includes 3 years of education. The students completing preparatory stage are estimated to be enrolled in secondary education.At this level, students have formative and summative assessments during the first year and the average of the end of year national standardized exams for year two and three qualifies the students to take the Certificate of General Secondary Education-Thanawiya Amma, which is one of the requirements for admission into the universities. So far efforts are underway to make the general secondary system less rigid and provide equal opportunities to students of various educational levels.