8.3.2 Arts in schools
The primary (Basic) and secondary education involves compulsory courses in relation to the cultural domain. It starts by teaching oral expression and fine arts in primary schools from the second year (the primary education period is 9 years), with 2 sessions per week as well as sessions for singing. At the secondary education, there is a compulsory course for music, one hour per week, in addition to fine arts. Furthermore, basic and secondary education offers a wide variety of extra-curricular free cultural activities including: theatre, dance, music, cinema clubs, and literature. The Ministry of Education funds cultural events and competitions between schools such as competitions between music and dance schools.