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1 September - start of the new school year

Summer holidays are over, and, on the 1 September, school starts in Slovenia. Schools opened doors for about 275,000 basic and upper secondary school pupils. According to the Statistical Office, in the previous school year, the first year of primary school was attended by 20,847 children.

Children in Slovenia enter primary school in the year they turn six. Some, for various reasons, start school a year later than their peers. In the last school year, 12% of first graders were seven-year-olds.

In the school year 2022/23, 77,462 pupils were enrolled in upper secondary education. By type of education, 47% of pupils decided for technical education, 36% for general education and 17% for vocational education.

In the previous school year, 18,610 teachers of both sexes taught in elementary schools, most of them women (88%). Of the 6,226 upper secondary school teachers, 33% were men and 67% were women.

  • Elementary school building.

    Schools opened doors for about 275,000 basic and upper secondary school pupils. Photo: STA

Slovenian education system

Let’s have a brief look of the Slovenian education system consists of basic, secondary and tertiary education. School leaving qualifications are classified by the Slovenian Qualifications Framework. The school system in Slovenia is divided into three sections of education: primary, secondary and tertiary.

Primary education is provided by public and private kindergartens, basic schools, basic schools with an adapted education programme, music schools and educational institutions for children with special educational needs.

Secondary education is provided by upper secondary schools and secondary schools. It is classified as general or vocational technical and secondary professional or technical education.

Tertiary education is provided by both public and private institutions. It consists of higher post-secondary vocational education and higher education. Higher post-secondary vocational education is provided by higher vocational colleges, while higher education is provided by faculties, academies and independent higher education institutions.

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Author: Polona Prešeren

Date: 1. September 2023

Time to read: 3 min