Enrolments by level of education
Regardless the fact that due to the demographic situation enrolments have reduced by one fourth since 2000, in the school year 2017/2018 in total there were 421.8 thousand students in Latvia, which is 0.2 % more than a year before.
The number of children in pre-school education
The number of children aged 3–6 in pre-school education has increased – 93.1 % of children at this age attended pre-school education institutions in 2017 (93.5 % in 2016 and 88.4 % in 2010). In 2017, 96.6 thousand students attended pre-school education institutions, which is the highest indicator recorded during the recent years. In the school year 2017/2018, 78.5 % of children attended schools having Latvian as a language of instruction, while 20.9 % attended schools teaching in Russian. Regardless majority of children attended pre-school education institutions of local governments, the number of children in private pre-school education institutions keeps growing – 8.8 thousand or 9.1 % of pre-school children. Since 2010, the number of private pre-school education institutions has grown twice, and changes mainly have affected Riga.
Further education after basic and secondary education
In 2017, the number of basic school graduates which continue studies in vocational schools has risen by slightly more than one percentage point, and the number of students discontinuing studies also has dropped by one percentage point (3.2 %). Out of the secondary school graduates, 58.7 % continue studies in higher education institutions and colleges, while 35.0 % discontinue studies.
Number of vocational school entrants
At the beginning of the school year 2018/2019, 27.2 thousand students entered vocational education institutions, which is 4.8 % less than a year before. Regardless vocational education more commonly is chosen by males, the data show that the share has been reducing over the past years – 60.2 % at the beginning of the school year 2010/2011 and 54.7 % in 2018/2019.
Number of students
In the academic year 2018/2019, the number of higher education institutions has not changed and constitutes 54 (29 universities and 25 colleges). Higher education was acquired by 80.4 thousand students, which is 1.5 % less than a year ago. In this academic year, 27.7 thousand students entered Latvian higher education institutions, which is 1.9 % more than a year ago and shows slight rise in the entrant number since 2012. Over the years, the trends have not changed notably, and this year females account for 15.4 thousand or 55.8 % of the entrants. More than a half of the first-year students (55 %) were non-subsidised, and studies of 45 % of the students were state-subsidised.
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