Start of school – Many first-year students failed

Due to the compulsory enrollment of six-year-olds, many people may have entered school prematurely. Among freshmen, the proportion of repeat students is 4.6 percent, while in the other grades it is at most 1-2 percent.

48 percent of primary school teachers are over fifty years old, and 11.8 percent are over sixty years old, writes Népszava following the news RTL online. Based on data from the Central Statistical Office (KSH), only 6 percent of full-time teachers are under the age of thirty. The number of first-graders increased from 91,000 in 2019 to 102,000 in the last school year, while the number of those who are still attending kindergarten at the age of six has decreased significantly. The fact that the government played a big role in this on the compulsory schooling of six-year-olds decided, from which exemption can only be obtained in a stricter procedure.

The result of all this was that many young children could enter school immaturely, which seems to be confirmed according to the Népszava article, that the percentage of repeaters was the highest among first graders, 4.6 percent, while in the other grades it was 1-2 percent or less .

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The number of students with special educational needs (SEN) also increased: in the last school year, there were 97.3 thousand, compared to 92.8 thousand a year earlier. 8.1 percent of primary school students are disabled. According to KSH, the increase was due to the modernization of diagnostic tools.

The proportion of students at risk of dropping out was 8 percent in the first half of the 2021/2022 school year, but there are large regional differences: in the capital, it was less than 4 percent, but in Nógrád county it reached 17 percent. Students at risk of dropping out are those who perform below average results or show a 1.1 degree decline in results over the course of a year. The dropout rate among young Roma is particularly high, last year it was 60.8 percent.

The KSH data also revealed that between 2010 and 2021, the proportion of church and denominational high schools increased from 8 percent to 21.1 percent.

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