First Day of School

The new school year is just around the corner

The summer holidays are almost over and on Thursday schools will open for about 270,000 basic and upper secondary school pupils. The number of pupils has been increasing in recent years due to larger generations. Let us see what the school year that is ending can tell us about the new one.

  • 29 August 2022 at 10:30
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The number of children in basic education has been growing since 2010/11

In the school year 2021/22, 195,414 children were enrolled in basic school programme with regular and adapted curriculum, which is 1.2% more than in the previous year. The number of children in basic education has been growing since 2010/11, when it was the lowest in independent Slovenia (161,046).

The first day of school is especially exciting for first graders

In the school year 2021/22, 21,123 children entered first grade of basic school. Children in Slovenia enter basic education at 6 years of age. However, lately more and more children enter at the age of 7. Five years ago, there were 8% 7-year-olds among first graders. In 2021/22, the share was 12%.


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On average, 19 pupils per class

The average class in regular programmes had 19 pupils. This number varies depending on the organizational form of schools. In independent and central basic schools, there were on average 21 pupils per class, and in subsidiary schools only 11 pupils per class. The average number of children per class also varies among statistical regions. It was the lowest in basic schools in the Pomurska and Koroška statistical regions (16) and the highest in the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region (22).

7% of the basic school population were children with special needs 

In regular and adapted basic education programmes, there were 14,336 children with special needs, which was 7% of all children in basic school. Most of them (82%) were included in regular programmes with adapted implementation and additional professional assistance and represented 6% of all pupils in regular basic education programmes.

Slightly more pupils in upper secondary education

In the school year 2021/22, 75,414 pupils were enrolled in upper secondary education, 2% more than in the previous school year. We expect the number of pupils to increase again in the coming years, as the number of pupils in basic education has been rising since the 2010/11 school year.

Among 21,550 first-year pupils, 20,766 were new entrants, entering upper secondary education for the first time. Others were either repeaters or changed their study programme.

In upper secondary vocational programmes more boys, in general programmes more girls

Girls represented 28% of pupils in short-term upper secondary vocational education, 30% in upper secondary vocational education, and 46% in upper secondary technical education. On the other hand, they represented 62% of pupils in general upper secondary education.


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Most male pupils in engineering, most female pupils in health and services

Boys tend to choose technical and vocational programmes much more often than girls do. Almost three out of four (74%) male pupils were enrolled in these programmes, mostly in the fields of Engineering, manufacturing and construction (44% of all male pupils) and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) (8%). 

On the other hand, 55% of female pupils were enrolled in technical and vocational programmes, mostly in the fields of Health and welfare (12% of all female pupils), Services (11%) and Business and administration (10%).


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With larger generations of elementary school children also slightly more teachers

In the school year 2021/22, 19,614 teachers taught in elementary schools, most of them (88%) women. Compared to the previous school year, the number of teachers was slightly higher, which can be attributed to the larger generations of elementary school children.

Of the 6,299 upper secondary school teachers, 34% were men and 66% were women.

Distance learning accessible to most children

The 2021/22 school year was the third school year marked by COVID-19. Children from 91% of households had everything they needed for distance learning at the time schools were closed due to the COVID-19 epidemic (in the 12 months before the survey in 2021): a computer or a mobile device and an adequate/suitable Internet connection. 2% of households had problems due to poor or no Internet connection, the same share (2%) of households did not have enough computers or mobile devices for all children, and the remaining 5% of households cited other reasons for difficulties with distance learning.

Šolska ulica (School Street), the most common street name in Slovenia

During the holidays, children tend to forget about school and everything related to it. However, because Šolska ulica (School Street) is the most common street name in Slovenia, we cannot avoid it in this release. As many as 52 streets in Slovenia are named Šolska ulica, 6 Šolska cesta (School Road), 6 Šolska pot (School Path), 1 Šolsko naselje (School Settlement) and 3 Dijaška ulica (Pupil’s Street).

There are also some personal names connected with school. At the beginning of 2022, nine people in Slovenia had the family name Šola (School), 495 Šolar (School child) and 106 Dijak (Pupil).
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