Croatia lost 44,409 students in six years, from 2013 to 2019, Vecernji list reports.
Alarming statistical data was obtained by calculating and analyzing the number of children enrolled in schools, and loss of pupil population included both girls and boys. In other words, all school institutions, including primary and secondary elementary schools, including art school institutions operating in Croatia, 2607 in total, from 2013 to 2019 lost 11,736 elementary and 32,673 high school students. To understand it even better – Croatia lost the entire Lika-Senj County by the number of lost students.
Vecernji list writes that observed by counties, most students from 2013 to 2019 were lost from the Osijek-Baranja County - as many as 5895 students, followed by the Vukovar-Srijem County which lost 4922 middle and high school students in six years. Despite the mentioned lack of students, the number of schools in that county remained the same for all six years - 110 school establishments. During this period most schools in Croatia were closed in Karlovac, Split-Dalmatia County, Dubrovnik-Neretva County which closed five schools, while three school institutions stopped working in Bjelovar-Bilogora and Sibenik-Knin County.
According to statistics, the City of Zagreb is the only one to record the increase in the number of primary and secondary school students, as well as the increase in the number of school institutions – Vecernji list reports.