Education

The education system in Slovenia is almost fully financed from the state budget. Photo: Primož Lavre /Salomon 2000


The Slovenian school system has seen a number of changes in recent years, aiming to ensure that as many people as possible realise their right to education and achieve a higher educational level. The framework has been established (9-year basic education, higher vocational education), and the basic premises are known; however, the programme of reform continues in terms of implementation at the levels of secondary and higher vocational education (the introduction of the credit system, connecting subjects, integration of theory and practice, open curriculum).

The education system in Slovenia is almost fully financed from the state budget

The share of financial resources for education in 1992 amounted to 4.76% of GDP, and since 1998 it has been around 6%, which is the average for the OECD countries.

Public expenditure on education includes expenditure on basic compulsory, secondary and tertiary institutions, as well as the running costs of pre-school education, post-graduate studies and expenditures related to boarding at some secondary schools and in university students' accommodation. Included are both state schools and accredited private schools and, to the extent determined by law, also other private schools.

Some Interesting Data

98% of primary school leavers decide to continue their education. Photo: Katarina Krmelj
  • In the academic year 2010/2011 there were 107.134 students in
    tertiary education Slovenia.
  • Altogether, 98% of primary school leavers decide to continue their education immediately after primary education, and 84% of secondary school leavers go on to tertiary education. There are twice as many students in higher education as there were at the beginning of the nineties.
  • Life-long learning is also increasing. Adults attend open universities, educational and study centres, schools and higher education establishments, as well as courses organised by companies, administrative bodies, organisations and societies. Adult programmes are organised within schools and outside them, education can be formal or informal, and there is also organised self-learning.