School compulsory school rules apply from the
age of six in Slovenia and comprise nine years of
compulsory school which are divided into three stages.
The school is free of charge and almost all go to state
The Hungarian and Italian minorities are also taught
in their own language.
At the upper secondary level there are theoretical
and technical programs as well as vocational training
courses of between two and five years. Virtually all
young people also attend high school.
Country facts of Slovenia, including geography profile, population statistics, and business data.
Adult and further education, with the help of state
aid and EU grants, has increased significantly in
connection with closures and modernization of companies.
Of the country's six universities, Ljubljana is the
oldest (founded in 1919) and the largest. The University
of Maribor was founded in 1975 while the smaller
Primorska University (in Koper) and the two universities
in Nova Gorica were added in the 2000s. At the end of
November 2017, a university in Novo Mesto was also
opened. The first three universities are state, the
other private. There are also a number of other higher
education programs in Slovenia.
- Educationvv: Provides school and education information in Slovenia, covering middle school, high school and college education.
FACTS - EDUCATION
Proportion of children starting primary
97.7 percent (2016)
Number of pupils per teacher in primary
Reading and writing skills
99.7 percent (2014)
Public expenditure on education as a
percentage of GDP
11.2 percent (2015)
Public expenditure on education as a
percentage of the state budget
11.2 percent (2015)
Protest against corona management
Over 10,000 people take part in a protest march in Ljubljana against how the
government handles the corona pandemic. The protesters accuse the rulers of
exploiting the situation for their own gain and for limiting the opposition's
ability to act. Former Prime Minister Marian Šarec, who resigned earlier this
year (see January 27, 2020), says he is behind the
demonstration and that the goal is to force "the corrupt government" out of
power. Several international organizations, including the OSCE, have also
expressed concerns that the Slovenian government is abusing the coronary
restrictions and that corruption has affected the country's purchase of medical
Freedom of movement is further restricted
Citizens are prohibited from leaving their home municipality and it becomes
compulsory to wear face masks and gloves in grocery stores and other public
places. The stricter rules will then many have ignored the government's calls
and gone to the coast and other tourist places.
Additional restrictions due to corona
All public transport is stopped and public gatherings of more than five
people are prohibited outdoors. Cafes, restaurants and shops that have not been
considered necessary have already been closed. Retirees, pregnant women and
people with disabilities have their own time in the shops early in the morning.
Janez Janša Prime Minister again
the 13th of March
Right-wing SDS leader Janez Janša is approved as head of government for a
16-member government. Parliament votes with the numbers 52-31 for Janša's
government, ten days after he himself was given the go-ahead to replace Marjan
Šarec, who resigned in January. Janša has promised to tighten up measures to
prevent the spread of the new corona virus that causes covid-19. The World
Health Organization WHO has just classified covid-19 as a pandemic.
Measures to prevent corona spread
The border with Italy is closed to private individuals, due to the large
spread there of the new coronavirus causing the covid-19 disease, and Slovenes
are invited to return home from the neighboring country. The day before, the
government has banned crowds of more than 100 people and the University of
Ljubljana recommends that all lessons be canceled. More than 20 cases of
coronary infection have been discovered in Slovenia. Italy is the second worst
hit country in the world by the epidemic, after China where the virus
SDS clearly form government
The right-wing party SDS claims to have reached an agreement with three other
parties to form a new coalition government. The message comes a month after
Prime Minister Marjan Šarec resigned because of internal contradictions in the
center-left coalition he led. SDS now requests that President Borut Pahor assign
party leader Janez Janša to form what would become a majority government with
the Christian Democratic NSI, the center-left party SMC and the retirement party
Desus. The two latter parties were also part of the recently resigned
government. Marjan Šarec has warned his former allies for cooperation with SDS
because of the party's close ties to Hungary's right-wing nationalist Prime
Minister Viktor Orbán.
The European Court of Justice does not handle border disputes
The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg states that it lacks jurisdiction
over Slovenia's border dispute with Croatia, and thus does not have the right or
opportunity to decide the issue (see July 2018). Slovenia has
accused Croatia of violating EU law by refusing to comply with the arbitration
on the issue (see June 2017). Slovenian Foreign Minister Miro
Cerar - who was prime minister at the time of the appeal to the European Court -
accuses the court of "lacking courage" enough to act on the matter. Croatia's
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković tweeted that the court's decision meant "a
victory for Croatia's argument".
The Prime Minister resigns
Prime Minister Marjan Šarec announces that he is leaving his post and hopes
for re-election. The message comes after several weeks of growing contradictions
between the five parties in the minority government. Šarec says he wants to give
voters a chance to show if they trust him and wants him to continue on the
beaten path. President Borut Pahor is now tasked with seeing if a new coalition
with a parliamentary majority can be formed, or if it is necessary to announce
new elections. About the same time with Šarec's message, Finance Minister Andrej
Bertoncelj states that he is also planning to step down, due to disagreement
over health care funding. Prior to Bergoncelj, six other ministers have
resigned. In November 2019, the Left withdrew its support for the minority
government (see September 2018).