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Federal states with the most new students

Yes, Germany is getting older. But despite the demographic change, schools across Germany are seeing increased demand. At the beginning of the 2020/2021 school year, the number of new students rose in all federal states, as announced by the Federal Statistical Office. Accordingly, 19,300 more school enrollments were registered across Germany than in the previous year. That corresponds to an increase of 2.6 percent. However, some regions had a multiple number of children in the so-called school-relevant age (5- to 7-year-olds).

More new students in Germany

“One reason for the overall increase in school enrollment numbers is likely to be the increased immigration in recent years,” explained the statisticians. They saw a 10.0 percent increase in new students with foreign citizenship compared to the end of 2018. For those starting school with German citizenship it was only 1.6 percent more.

The vast majority of children (93.4 percent) began their education at a primary school. 3.2 percent were enrolled in special schools, 2.5 percent in comprehensive schools and 0.9 percent in free Waldorf schools. The latter recorded a slight decrease of 1.4 percent compared to the previous year. In all other types of school, the number of enrollments increased.

These federal states had the most new students in the 2020/2021 school year.

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