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IN FOCUS / 2017-02-13

Number of pupils at private schools increases continuously

The Didacta Trade Fair for Education and Training will take place from 14 to 18 February 2017 in Stuttgart. One of the striking things you notice when taking a look at the education sector in Germany is that the number of pupils at private schools has continuously increased in the last few years. In school year 2015/16, roughly 9% of the just over 8.3 million pupils at schools of general education attended a private school. In school year 2005/06, the proportion had been 7%.

Attending private schools is often associated with better teaching conditions. A major indicator here is class size. At primary schools, grammar schools and special schools in school year 2015/16, the classes at private schools were by one pupil smaller than those in public schools.

Apart from class size, the number of weekly lessons given per pupil are another major indicator used to assess the teaching conditions. In the selected school types, an average of 2.0 lessons per pupil were given at private schools in school year 2015/16, while at public schools the figure was 1.6 lessons.

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