Press release 23/02/2009


The number of non-university students remained steady thanks to primary and infant enrolments

The increase in the number of infant and primary enrolments was greater in the public centres

There were 373,570 students enrolled at non-university level in the Basque Country during the 2007/08 academic year, 0.2% up on the previous year, according to data prepared by Eustat. 328,526 of them were enrolled in general education, with a positive balance of 7,091 new students registered, which meant a 2% increase.

The evolution was different according to level in education. Thus, there were 88,308 and 107,329 pupils in Infant and Primary education, respectively which was a significant increase on the previous years of 4.1% in Infant and 3.3% in Primary, and continued the trend of previous years. There was also an increase in the number of people enrolling for Adult Education, specifically 6.8% more, with a total of 28,684 registrations. 983 students were enrolled in Specific Education, which was up by 1.5%.

Table 1.- Number of students enrolled in 2007-08 academic year


Source: EUSTAT.

The number of students in Compulsory Secondary Education (E.S.O) practically remained unchanged, with a total of 68,881. On the other hand, the number in Upper Secondary and Vocational Training fell by 3.1% and 2.8%, respectively. The main reason for this drop is the fall in population figures, over recent years, in the age brackets of these levels.

The number of students enrolled in specific education was down 20%

During this academic year, 25,044 students were enrolled in specific education. 83% of the students were studying languages, even though the number enrolled fell by 23% this year. The number of students studying arts & crafts and design also fell (-9.1%), while enrolments increased in the other areas, music (2.2%), sports (42%), further education in design (113%) and dance (12%).

By province, there were 54,980 students enrolled in Álava, 195,894 in Bizkaia and 122,696 in Gipuzkoa. Special mention should be made of the increase registered in Gipuzkoa and Álava with 1.1% and 0.6%, respectively, and the drop in enrolments in Bizkaia, down by 0.3%.

62% of the teachers taught classes in public centres

During the 2007/08 academic year, the total number of teachers came to 33,434, which accounted for 3.3% of the total working population in 2008. 97% of them worked in general education and the remainder in specific education. In terms of the ownership of their work centre, 62% of the teaching staff worked in public centres and 38% in private centres.

There were a total of 32,317 teachers working in the General Educational System. 15,646 of them were working in Pre-School/Primary Education, where most of the teachers were women (85%), 15,061 were in Secondary Education, including both compulsory and non-compulsory sections, and only 58% of the teachers at that level were women.

As far as the teaching staff in the Specific Education sector was concerned, there were 1117 teachers during the 2007/08 academic year, 54% of whom were women.

89% of the students in general education graduated, compared to 46% in specific education.

In 2007, 156,297 students graduated from the different levels included in non-university education. If the total is distributed between general and specific education, in both cases regulated, the numbers graduating came to 143,457 and 12,840, respectively.

Within the general education segment, 50,514 (97%) students finished Primary , 60,409 (88%) E.S.O and 22,906 students (80%) graduated from Upper Secondary, while 3,534 young people passed the exams in Vocational Training (77%) and, finally, 6,094 students (85%) finished Higher Vocational Training.

Graph 1 – Number of students graduating in General Education by educational level and linguistic model. 2007 (%).


N.B: Model B in Upper Secondary and VT is a reinforced Model A.

Source: EUSTAT.

From the point of view of the linguistic model, models B and D, both with 92%, were above the average percentage of students graduating (89%). 82% of students graduated in Model A centres.

When the graduating students are distributed by educational level, it can be seen that while the number was greater in Model D in Primary and ESO, the greatest number of graduating students in vocational training was concentrated in Model A.

As far as upper secondary was concerned, more students graduated in models B and D, while it was in models A and D in Higher Vocational Training.

For further information:

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