Num­ber of school­child­ren de­creases al­most by quar­ter

The Baltic Times - - ESTONIAN COMMENTARY - LETA/TBT Staff

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.

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