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).
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“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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# 10 Baden-Wuerttemberg
According to the Federal Statistical Office, Baden-Württemberg recorded 2.1 percent more school enrollments in the 2020/2021 school year than in the previous year. That was the tenth highest increase nationwide and corresponded to 102,500 additional school beginners. The statistics on school enrollments were still based on preliminary data.
# 9 Thuringia
Thuringia had 18,900 more school enrollments than in the 2019/2020 school year. This increase of 2.3 percent meant ninth place in a nationwide comparison.
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# 8 Brandenburg
Brandenburg also had 2.3 percent additional new students. At 22,900 children, their number was above the value from Thuringia, which is why we place Brandenburg in eighth place.
# 7 Hamburg
Hamburg’s primary, special and comprehensive schools had to set up 2.6 percent additional students in the 2020/2021 school year. That corresponded to 17,600 children and the nationwide mean.
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# 6 North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia also achieved this. A 2.6 percent increase in school enrollment resulted in 165,700 additional students in the most populous federal state.
# 5 Rhineland-Palatinate
Rhineland-Palatinate was the first federal state with an above-average number of new students. The authorities counted 36,900 additional school leavers, 3.7 percent more than in the previous year.
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# 4 Saarland
In Saarland there were only 7,900 new students. However, this corresponded to an increase of 4.1 percent and meant fourth place among the federal states.
# 3 Schleswig-Holstein
The top trio played in a league of their own. Schleswig-Holstein had 73 percent more new students than the fourth-placed Saarland. Compared to the previous year, the increase was 7.1 percent or 26,400 additional trainings. Schleswig-Holstein is thus setting the trend: all three federal states at the top of this ranking are in northern Germany.
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# 2 Bremen
According to the information, Bremen had exactly 6,000 more school beginners than in the 2019/2020 school year. The increase was 8.2 percent.
# 1 Lower Saxony
Lower Saxony also recorded 8.2 percent more new students. In absolute numbers, however, the state was of course far ahead of its neighbor Bremen. The statisticians counted 73,000 more school enrollments in Lower Saxony. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (0.1 percent) was at the bottom of the list, followed by Hesse (0.8 percent), Saxony-Anhalt (0.9 percent), Bavaria (1.0 percent) and Berlin (1.2 percent). No figures were yet available for Saxony.