This year, the number of students who will receive elementary or general secondary education has increased to 217,500 or by 0.7 percent, the LETA news agency reported September 10.
At the same time, 150 children will receive home school education in this school year, which is 24 children or 13.8 percent fewer than in the previous school year. Out of a total of 150 children in home schooling, 139 are from grades 1-6, while 11 children are from grades 7 and 8. Last school year, 174 children received home school education.
As explained by the Ministry of Education and Science, home school education is acquired by children whose parents have chosen the form of “education in the family” for their child.
A total of 217,500 pupils started the school year, but 99,410 are pre-school children, including 44,107 children aged five and over. This year, the number of students in the elementary and general secondary education program has increased by 0.7 percent.
In the youngest grades, in the 1st-6th grade group, a total of 118,855 children started their studies, of which 860 will study through remote learning and 139 will be home schooled. This year, the largest number of children is in the 1st grade group – 21,201 first graders started their studies in the 2021/2022 school year.
There will be 62,911 students in the 7th-9th grade group, of whom 1,521 children will complete their studies through remote learning and 11 children will be home schooled. This year, the largest number of students in this category is in the 7th grade group – 21,611 pupils started the school year in the 7th grade.
In turn, 35,734 children will receive general education in secondary school, of which 4,733 through remote learning. In secondary school, the largest number of pupils are graduates, or in the 12th grade – 12,234 students.
In total, 7,114 children will be educated through remote learning from the 1st to the 12th grades this year.
A total of 675 schools began the 2021/2022 school year.