Differences Between Schools in Ethiopia and the USA

By Hirut Erge
Photo: Students in an elementary school take a break between the classes. They are wearing blue and white uniforms

School children in EthiopiaMany countries around the world have different school polices as well as teaching systems. In Ethiopia the school teaching system is different from that of the United States.

In Ethiopia many schools have two shifts, the morning shift and the afternoon shift. The morning shift starts at 8:00 a.m. and goes until 12 p.m. The afternoon shift starts at 12:30 p.m. goes until 5:30 p.m. Students are in either the morning shift or the afternoon shift. They cannot be in both because they don't have enough schools. The students change the shift every month.

Schools have six periods every day. Each class is 45 minutes and there is one break to drink water, to eat or do home work. But in the United States our school starts at 7:25 a.m. goes until 2:15 p.m. and each day has four periods. The periods are 90 minutes except one. This period is 45 minutes because it is the time students need to eat lunch.

In Ethiopia students have to wear uniforms. I think it's good to have uniforms in Ethiopia because some people are poor and others are rich so if the students wear uniforms everyone looks the same.

In my school here in the United States students don't wear uniforms but everyone has to wear an ID.

The relationship between students and teachers in Ethiopia is that students must have respect for their teachers. Students don't have any rights. Only teachers have power. When the teacher enters the classroom, all students must stand and say good morning or good afternoon. They do not sit until the teacher tells them to. Also to answer the questions a student must stand up to show respect for the teacher. In the United States students respect their teacher and they like the school rules because everyone has equal rights.

The way they give tests to students is different in Ethiopia. In Ethiopia, if a student fails a semester test, the student must retake the classes.

I think school polices and the teaching system in the U.S. are better than in Ethiopia because it's more comfortable and easier for students.

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