Press release dated 21/03/2011


The number of enrolments in vocation training up 9%

Seven out of every ten infant pupils chose to study in Basque

There were 394,727 students enrolled at non-university level in the Basque Country during the 2009/10 academic year, 3.4% up on the previous year, according to data prepared by Eustat. 367,557 of them, i.e. 93%, were enrolled in general education, with a positive balance of 10,178 new students registered, which was up 2.8% on the previous year.

By provinces, it was in Alava where there was the highest increase in enrolments with respect to the previous year (+4.6%), followed by Gipuzkoa (+3.7%) and, finally, Bizkaia (+2.9%).

With regard to the preference as to whether to study at a private or publicly-run 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 99% of students attended publicly-run 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 between a private or publicly-run centre often depends on the subjects offered.

Students enrolled in the 2009-10 academic year

The number of enrolments in vocational training up in the three provinces

As far as general education was concerned, the increase in Vocational Training enrolments is noteworthy, both at Intermediate (8.2%) and Advanced (9.8%) levels, which accounted for a total of 11,068 and 16,579 students, respectively. That increase was noted in the three provinces, but was highest in Álava, up 12% on the previous year, followed very closely by Gipuzkoa (11%) and, finally, by Bizkaia, with 7%.

As far as the most sought-after levels were concerned, Infant and Primary continued to have the highest number of enrolments with 92,800 and 113,335 pupils, respectively. The increase in the number of Infants enrolled was lower than the previous academic year, just up by 1.7%, while it was similar to the previous year in Primary (2.9%).

In Special Education, even though the number of students is lower than in other areas, there was a total of 1,069 students, which represented a 3.5% increase.

On the other hand, the 29,654 people who took one of the regulated modules, which were taught within adult education centres, represented an increase of 1.6%.

In the other levels, that is, in ESO (compulsory secondary education) and upper secondary education, the number of students barely changed with respect to the previous academic year, with a total of 69,464 and 28,973 young people enrolled, respectively. It is noteworthy that this is the first year in the case of Upper Secondary when a positive increased was obtained (0.5%) after nine years and the second year in ESO (0.6%).

85% of the students in Specialised Training were studying languages

During this academic year, 27,170 students were enrolled in specialised education, which was up 12% on the previous year. Language courses, with 23,158 enrolments, accounted for the majority of students in these areas.

With respect to the other levels, 2,946 young people opted to study an official music course, 476 studied arts, crafts and design, 316 sports, 182 studied higher level courses in design and, finally, 92 took official dance courses.

60% of the students opted for Model D

During the 2009/10 academic year, the distribution of the students in general education according to linguistic model was as follows: 18% of the students opted for model A with Basque Language as a subject, 23% chose model B and 59% studied entirely in Basque, by means of model D.

By education levels, the highest percentage of students that chose Model D was in Infant Education, where they accounted for 71% of the total, Model B was the secondary option with 24% and only 4% studied in Model A. In terms of compulsory education overall, Model D was also the majority with 62% in Primary Education and 54% in ESO. With respect to other models, while Model B represented 29% of the total compared to the 8% studying in Model A in Primary, the percentage of enrolled students was 28% and 17%, respectively in Compulsory Secondary Education.

With regard to the linguistic model within special education, 67% of its students studied in Model A, 22% in D and 11% in B.

When it came to Vocational Training, even though the percentage of students studying in Basque increases each year, Model A continued to be the most common (74%). However, the percentages of Model A and D were similar in Upper Secondary, with 45% and 53%, respectively.

Distribution of the students by linguistic model and levels (%)

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

During the 2009/10 academic year, the total number of teachers of the Basque Country came to 34,879, which accounted for 3.6% of the total working population in 2010. 96% 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 33,670 teachers working in the General Educational System, 2.5% up of the previous year. 16,327 of them were working in Infant/Primary Education, where most of the teachers were women (85%), 15,500 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 1,209 teachers during the 2009/10 academic year, 53% of whom were women.

For further information: Basque Statistics Office C/ Donostia-San Sebastián, 1 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz Tel:+34-945-01 75 00 Fax:+34-945-01 75 01 E-mail: Contact: Matxalen Plágaro Alonso Tel:+34-945-01 75 99 Fax:+34-945-01 75 01 Further press releases on School Activity Statistics of the Basque Country Database on School Activity Statistics of the Basque Country

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