Number of schoolchildren decreases almost by quarter
The number of schoolchildren in Latvia has decreased almost 25 per cent in the past twelve years, according to the Education and Science Ministry's statistics. When compared to the 2006/2007 school year, the number of schoolchildren this year will be 23.45 per cent smaller.
According to the Education and Science Ministry's projections, 214,414 children will go to elementary schools this year, including almost 19,000 first-graders, and 38,054 will attend high schools. In addition, 94,249 children will be going to preschools.
According to Evija Papule, head of the Education and Science Ministry's Education Department, the number of schoolchildren this school year will be slightly higher than in 2016/2017 school year, which is mostly thanks to a higher number of preschool children.
However, the number of schoolchildren will then continue to decrease. According to the ministry's projections, the number of schoolchildren in 2020/2021 school year will be 24.05 percent lower than in the 2006/2007 school year.