Enrolments by level of education
Since 2005, the number of children has declined by 20 %, thus having direct influence on the enrolments that have dropped by 21.6 % over the period. However, compared to the year before, in 2016 the total Latvian enrolments grew by almost 1 %.
The number of children in pre-school education
The number of children aged 3–6 in pre-school education has increased – 93.5 % of children at this age attended pre-school education institutions in 2016 (92.7 % in 2015 and 88.4 % in 2010).
In 2016, 94.2 thousand children attended pre-school education institutions, which is the highest indicator recorded during the recent years. Most children attended local government pre-school education institutions, while 8 thousand or 8.5 % – private kindergartens. The number of private pre-school education institutions has risen twice since 2010, and the highest increase was observed in Riga.
Further education after basic and secondary education
Data show that in 2016, number of basic school graduates which decided to continue studies in vocational schools rose by 3 percentage points, while number of young people that discontinue studies (4.2 %) dropped. Out of the secondary school graduates, 60.4 % continue studies in higher education institutions and colleges and 31.5 % discontinue studies.
Number of students
In the academic year 2017/2018, 81.6 thousand students entered 54 higher education institutions – in 29 higher education institutions and 25 colleges. During the past decade, number of students reduced by 43.8 thousand or 35 %. This year, 27.1 thousand students entered higher education institutions of Latvia, which is 5 % less than a year ago.
The majority of the new students (43 %) choose social sciences and humanities. In the same time, the number of engineering and life sciences programme entrants fell by 8.2 %. Out of the total number of entrants, females accounted for 15.2 thousand or 55.9 %. Studies of more than a half of the entrants (55.4 %) were non-subsidised, and studies of 44.6 % of students were state-subsidised.
Number of vocational school entrants
In the school year 2017/2018, the total vocational school enrolments accounts for 28.5 thousand. Vocational education is provided by 46 vocational schools (five schools fewer than a year ago) and 11 colleges. Engineering and services are the most popular fields of education – chosen by 35.4 % and 25.4 % of the vocational students, respectively.
After significant increase in 2016, at the beginning of school year 2017/2018 the number of vocational school entrants dropped again. Studies were entered by 11.6 thousand students, which is 7 % fewer than before.
Just like the year before, also in 2017 vocational education was acquired by 7.8 thousand students. Out of the number, 35.2 % graduated from engineering, manufacturing and construction programmes, and 26.4 % from services programmes.
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