Cyprus public expenditure on education at 6.1% of GDP in 2017, official data show

Public expenditure in all levels of education, amounted to €1,227.6 million, in 2017, and accounted for 16.6% of the government budget and 6.1% of the Gross Domestic Product, data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service, on Monday, show.

In particular, based on the results of the Annual Survey on Education for the school year 2017/2018, the total number of pupils and students at all educational levels was 191,787 recording an increase of 1.8% compared, to the school year 2016/2017 where the total number of pupils and students was 188,311.

The total number of educational establishments also increased to 1,338 in the school year 2017/2018, compared to 1,333 in the previous school year.

During 2017/2018 the total number of teachers, amounted to 14,982 compared to 14,950 of the previous school-year, also recording an increase of 0.2%.

In pre-school and pre-primary education, for the school year 2017/2018, 745 kindergartens and day nursery schools operated, with 32,522 children enrolled.

In primary education 362 schools operated, attended by 56,699 pupils.

In secondary education 54,966 pupils enrolled in 165 schools.

In tertiary education, 55 educational institutions operated with a total number of 47,169 students.

According to the annual survey on education, 11 special schools operated with 431 pupils.

Public expenditure in all levels of education, amounted to €1,227.6 million, in 2017, and accounted for 16.6% of the government budget and 6.1% of the Gross Domestic Product.

The cost per student for public education, in 2017 measured, in terms of current expenditure, was €5,025 for pre-school and pre-primary, €6,137 for primary, €10,093 for secondary general, €12,828 for secondary technical and €10,328 for tertiary education.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

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