The most numerous generation of first-graders in the last ten years
Almost 170,700 children were enrolled in basic education at the beginning of the 2014/15 school year, which is 2.5% more than in the previous school year. This increase was the result of the more numerous generation of first-graders: there were 21,700 of them, which is the highest number in the last ten years.
167,249 children were enrolled in basic school program with regular curriculum, 1,852 children were enrolled in basic school program with adapted curriculum and 1,567 children were enrolled in basic school program with special curriculum.
Compulsory basic education was carried out by 782 basic schools and their branches, 27 basic schools with adapted curriculum, 9 institutions and 21 units of basic schools with adapted curriculum.
On average 20 pupils per class
In the school year 2014/15 the average class had 20 pupils. This number varies depending on the organizational form of schools. In independent and central basic schools there were on average 20 pupils per class, and in subsidiary schools only 14 pupils per class. The average number of children per class also varies among statistical regions. The lowest average number of children per class was recorded in basic schools in the Pomurska region (17) and the highest in the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region (21).
At the end of the school year 2013/14, basic education successfully completed by more than 17,400 pupils
At the end of the school year 2013/14 education in basic schools with regular curriculum was successfully completed by 17,012 pupils, in basic schools with adapted curriculum by 220 pupils and in basic schools for adults by 219 participants.
3.5% of all pupils in the final grade had at the end of the year an improvement exam in one or more subjects, and 85.6% of them successfully improved negative marks. Among children who at the end of the school year 2013/14 completed their education 1.5% completed 9-year basic school obligation and left school without obtaining a certificate of completion of basic school.
8.4% of the basic school population were children with special needs
Among the total basic school population 8.4% (13,898) were children with special needs; one quarter of them were educated in special educational institutions (basic schools with adapted curriculum, institutions, centers) and three quarters were enrolled in the mainstream basic school.
The data show that children with special needs who are integrated in the mainstream basic school are almost as successful as their majority classmates, as at the end of the school year 2013/14, 96% of them progressed into a higher class.
The number of basic school teachers remains at the level of the previous year, while the number of pupils per teacher is on the rise
At the end of the school year 2013/14 there were 15,994 teaching staff in basic schools and in basic schools with adapted curriculum. This number includes classroom teachers, subject teachers and teachers in the daily extension. In comparison to the previous school year their number remained the same. If we compare the data on the number of pupils and the number of teachers in the period from the 2010/11 school year to the 2013/14 school year, we find that the number of pupils increased by 2.5%, while the number of teachers decreased by 1%. This is also reflected in the value of the indicator of the number of pupils per teacher, in particular in the basic school program with the regular curriculum, which has been steadily growing since 2010/11. In the school year 2010/11 one teacher taught 12.2 pupils, and in the school year 2013/14 12.6 pupils. The calculation is based on the recalculated number of teaching staff (without teachers in daily extension) and pupils to full-time equivalent.