Press release 01/03/2010


Number of students at non-university level up by 2.2%, particularly in infant and primary education

The number of enrolments in the general education system is balanced in public and private centres

There were 381,644 students enrolled at non-university level in the Basque Country during the 2008/09 academic year, 2.2% up on the previous year, according to data prepared by Eustat. 328,526 of them, i.e. 94%, were enrolled in general education, with a positive balance of 8,853 new students registered, which was up 2.5% on the previous year.

By provinces, it was in Alava where there was the highest increase in enrolments with respect to the previous year (4%), followed by Gipuzkoa (2.8%) and, finally, Bizkaia (1.2%).

With regard to the preference as to whether to study at a private or public centre, it can be seen that, within the general education system, the distribution of the students was balanced at all levels, except for Adult Education (EPA), where 98% of students attended public centres.

However, there was greater diversity in Specialised Education (languages, arts and sports) according to the type of studies taken, mainly due to the fact that there are fewer centres in this type of programmes and the choice often depends to the subjects offered.


The number of enrolments continue to rise in infant and primary

Within general education, in keeping with the trend of previous years, infant and primary were the most sought-after levels, with 91,206 and 110,095 pupils, respectively. They were also the levels with the highest increase in enrolments, 3.3% in infants and 2.6% in primary. This same trend was also noted among the students in specialised education which, even though it was lower quantitatively speaking, it increased by 3.5%, with respect to the previous academic year.

On the other hand, the 29,196 people who took one of the regulated modules, which were also taught within adult education centres, also represented, although more moderate, increase of 1.8%.

In the other levels, that is, in ESO (compulsory secondary education), upper secondary education and vocational training, the number of students barely changed with respect to the previous academic year, with a total of 69,046, 28,832 and 25,300 young people enrolled, respectively. It should also be pointed out that there was a upturn in the number of enrolments, as there were 165 more students in this academic year.

Over the last decade, the only levels where the number of students increased were infant (60%) and primary (10%), while numbers dropped significantly in ESO (-19%) and upper secondary (-30%) and middle-level and higher vocational training remained practically stable.


83% of the students in Specialised Training were studying languages

During this academic year, 24,265 students were enrolled in specialised education, which was down 3% on the previous year. Language courses, with 20,242 enrolments, accounted for the majority of students in these areas.

With respect to the other levels, 2,977 young people opted to study an official music course, 537 studied arts and crafts, 274 sports, 152 studied higher level courses in design and, finally, 83 took official dance courses.

By provinces, there were 4,057 students enrolled in Alava, 14,551 in Bizkaia and a total of 5,657 were signed up in Gipuzkoa. While the number of students fell by 4% in Bizkaia and in Gipuzkoa, the opposite occurred in Alava, where enrolments were up by 3.5%.

As far as the linguistic model was concerned, it can be seen that Model D has consolidated its position from top to bottom. In fact, in upper secondary, half of the students studied in Model D, while the proportions gradually increased up to 70% in infant education.

85% of the teaching staff at infant and primary level were female.

During the 2008/09 academic year, the total number of teachers came to 34,000, which accounted for 3.4% of the total working population in 2009. 97% of them worked in general education and the remainder in specialised 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 32,848 teachers working in the General Educational System. 16,015 of them were working in Infant/Primary Education, where most of the teachers were women (85%), 15,100 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 Specialised Education sector was concerned, there were 1117 teachers during the 2008/09 academic year, 53% of whom were women.

For further information:

Basque Statistics Office C/ Donostia-San Sebastián, 1 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz Tlf:+34-945-01 75 00 Fax:+34-945-01 75 01 E-mail: Contact: Maite Ugarte Barcina Tlf:+34-945-01 75 47 F ax:+34-945-01 75 01 Online press releases: Databank:

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