Student enrolment increase in formal education

NSO statistics on Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary Formal Education: 2017-2018

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The total students enrolled in mandatory education during 2017-2018 stood at 47,289. Of these, 26,532 attended primary school and 20,757 attended secondary school. These statistics were published in a report by the National Statistics Office, NSO.

Statistics show that students attending primary schools increased by 2.9 % and those attending secondary schools increased by 0.5% when compared to the academic year 2016-2017.

According to NSO, the majority of students enrolled in formal education institutions comprised of male students, at 51.9%. During the academic year 2017-2018, 46.6% of the enrolled students were aged between 5 and 10 years, followed by the 11-15 years age-bracket, at 36.3%.

State-run institutions accounted for 58.1% of total enrolments. This was followed by church schools with 28.7% while students enrolled in independent schools accounted for the remaining 13.2%.

The average class size for both primary and secondary level was lowest in state schools, followed by independent schools. Church schools held the highest average class size at all levels.

Statistics also show that during the academic year 2017-2018, the educational institutions hosting the largest number of students were located in Pembroke with 3,392 students, followed by Birkirkara and Ħamrun with 3,368 and 2,836 students respectively.

During 2017-2018, students with a foreign nationality accounted for 11% of the total students enrolled in formal education. Foreign students increased by 16.5% over the previous academic year. The majority of foreign students, 55.8%, were EU nationals.

The report also shows how the most popular foreign language studied as an option at secondary level was Italian, which was chosen by 56.2% followed by French, 28.4% and German with 13.2%.