School and Education in Slovenia


Education in Slovenia was previously heavily influenced by it in Austria. Early primary school was acquired, first 6-year-old and then 8-year-old. The proportion of pupils who go on to secondary school has long been significantly higher than in the other republics of former Yugoslavia. At the beginning of the 1990s, the adult population averaged close to 10 years of schooling. Rapid industrial growth required investment in education. This became more flexible than it was before 1990, when marked uniformity was achieved, especially at the secondary level. The educational structure is of the type 8 + 4 + 4, i.e. after 8 years of primary school follows 4 years of secondary school with three different programs. These are gimnazija about 4 years preparing for universities, 2–3-year vocational schools and 4-year technical schools and nursing schools. At the beginning of the 1990s, Gimnazija received about a quarter of the students from the primary school, while about 60% went to the professional 4-year education.

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Land area 20,273 km²
Total population 2,102,678
Residents per km² 103.7
Capital Ljubljana (Ljubljana)
Official language Slovenian
Income per capita $ 34,500
Currency Euro
ISO 3166 code SI
Internet TLD .si
License plate SLO
Telephone code +386
Time zone UTC +1
Geographic coordinates 46 00 N, 15 00 O

In 1974, a reform was adopted, which brought together the education at secondary level, the first two grades of which had a common core of subjects, while the two following received a rich differentiation. About half of those who complete 4-year secondary school go to tertiary education, usually at one of the universities in Ljubljana (founded 1919) and Maribor (founded 1975).

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