Press release 16/02/2014


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The number of students enrolled in non-university education in the Basque Country increased by 0.3% in the 2013/14 academic year

The number of students in Infant Education fell, after 18 years of continuous increases

The number of students in the Basque Country enrolled in non-university education in the 2013-2014 academic year stood at 413,464, with an increase of 0.3% compared to the previous year, according to EUSTAT data. 92% of those students took some kind of course in General Education, which experienced a practically identical number of enrolments as the previous academic year.

It is worth noting that there was a net decrease of 1,230 children in Infant Education(-1,3%) after 18 years of increases.

Table 1.- Students by level of education and centre ownership in the academic year 2013-14
Source: Eustat. 2013-14 School activity statistics of the Basque Country

There were more than twice as many students in Upper Secondary Education than those in Intermediate-Level Professional Training. However, the latter figure grew by 5.7% compared to the previous academic year, while the number in Upper Secondary Education remained steady (+0.6%).

The distribution of General Education students, according to the ownership of the centres, came close to 50% each between public and private centres, whereas there were some differences relating to the courses. Thus, it is worth highlighting the cases of Adult Education and Intermediate-Level Professional Training, where public centres accounted for 98% and 62%, respectively, and Initial Professional Qualification Programmes, where the percentage was lower (40%).

With regards to Specialised Education, there were a total of 34,726 enrolments, which was 4.3% more than the previous year. The number of students who enrolled to study languages was noteworthy: around 9 out of 10 specialised education students, and 30,228 enrolments. Musical education was the second most popular, with 2,812 students (8%). This was followed by Sports (3%), Art and Design (1.7%) and Dance (0.28%). With regards to ownership, these types of courses were taught more widely at public centres, at around 70%. In some cases, this figure was 100%, which was the case with Languages and Dance.

The growth in enrolments for Professional Training, both at Intermediate and Advanced Levels, was noteworthy

Compared to the previous academic year, the number of students in Adult Education, Initial Professional Qualification Programmes and Music decreased, with percentages of -19%, -9% and -1.4%, respectively.

On the other levels, there was growth in enrolments over the last five-year period, in particular for Professional Training, both at Intermediate and Advanced Levels. This academic year, the increases were 5.7% and 4.9%, respectively.

Graph 1. Students by choice of courses and sex in the Basque Country and in Spain (%). 2013-2014 Academic Year
Source: Eustat. School Activity Statistics 2013-14
Ministry of Education 2012-13

Gender differences remained when selecting optional courses

With respect to gender, there was a higher proportion of women in Dance, at 90%, and in Languages and Art and Design, with two thirds of enrolled students being female in both cases. Males were more represented in sports courses, at 90%, and in Professional Training, with two thirds of enrolments being male.

In Upper Secondary Education and Music, the distribution was close to 50% for each sex, even though there was a still a higher proportion of females.

86% of the teaching staff was able to give classes in Basque

In the 2013/2014 academic year, the number of teaching staff in the Basque Country was 37,448, 5.8% of the people employed in the services sector in 2014. 6 out of 10 of those teachers taught in public centres.

85% of the staff in Infant and Primary Education were females and 59% of the staff in Compulsory Secondary Education, Upper Secondary Education and Professional Training were women. In Specialised Education, 56% of the teachers were women.

In General Education, 86% of the teaching staff was able to give classes in Basque, with that figure reaching almost 90% for compulsory education. In the last decade, there has been positive development in strengthening knowledge of Basque at all levels.

For further information:

Eustat - Euskal Estatistika Erakundea / Instituto Vasco de Estadística C/ Donostia-San Sebastián, 1 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz Press Service: Tlf: 945 01 75 62 Further press releases on School Activity Statistics of the Basque Country Database on School Activity Statistics of the Basque Country

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