Latvia's education system in numbers

Take note – story published 8 years ago

The new school year started Tuesday, and the Education Ministry estimated that about 200,000 pupils went to school this year. It appears that it's about half as much as 25 years ago. LSM's visualization team shows how Latvia's education has changed in numbers in the last few years.

The infographic "general education in numbers", referring to education from primary to high school or from grades 1 to 12, reveals surprising statistics about Latvia's education system:

  • There are about 202,000 schoolchildren in Latvia from grade 1 to 12;
  • They are taught by 28.5 thousand teachers in 815 schools, of which 755 are municipal and 60 are private;
  • The number of schoolchildren is about 60% of schoolchildren in comparison to 1990, but for teachers this number is 90%, and for schools - about 85%;
  • The number of pupils has shrunk by about 100,000 in the last ten years;
  • There are twice as many first-grade pupils as there are 12th grade pupils;
  • In 2013, only one in ten teachers was male;
  • The same year, the average teacher had worked 22 years in this profession;
  • On average, there were 18 pupils in a classroom in 2013;
  • The average director of a school was aged 53, and of ten directors, two were headmasters and eight were headmistresses;
  • The average school had about 295 schoolchildren, taught by 33 teachers;
  • Each year, the average number of retired teachers still teaching at school keeps growing, and this year the number stands at 7.44%.

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