Education: Foreign students make up approximately 40 percent of total pupils in public and private schools, according to figures released on Friday.
During the 2010-11 academic year, there were 85,646 students enrolled in all of the Grand Duchy’s schools that follow the national curriculum, the education and vocational training ministry announced.
Foreign residents constituted 47.6% of Luxembourg’s primary school students, the ministry’s statistics show. In contrast, during the 2002-03 school year the system had a nearly identical number of total pupils, but foreigners made up 37.8% of the student population.
A smaller rise was found in secondary education. Foreign students represented 34.7% of total students, up from 31.2% during the 2002-03 school year.
There were 1,714 general secondary school graduates, including 411 who attended private and international schools. More than 2,500 students received technical, specialised or vocational diplomas.
The graduation rate rose slightly during the 2010-11 term: 85.6% of enrolled pupils received a diploma, up from 80.4% during the 2009-10 school year and 82.4% in 2007-08.
However, the number of early school leavers remained flat at nine percent during the 2009-10 and 2008-09 academic years. That figure is still lower than the 14.9% registered during 2005-06. The figures for 2010-11 were not released.
Luxembourg’s complex multilingual school system is often cited as the cause of its relatively high early school leavers rate and why the Grand Duchy is one of the worst performers in the OECD’s worldwide educational evaluation.