Slovenia’s spending on education remains below OECD average

Ljubljana – The share of GDP Slovenia spends on education remains below the OECD average, but the country is on top when it comes to the level of inclusion of young people in education, the latest report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development shows.

The 2021 Education at a Glance report offers the most extensive review of selected internationally comparable data on the state and impact of education in the 38 OECD and partner countries, the Education Ministry noted in announcing some of the data for Slovenia.

Data on spending, which is available for 2018, shows expenditure for educational institutions in that year remained level with the year before, but still below the OECD average. The ratio between private and public funds spent on education remains stable.

Slovenia spent 1.1% of GDP on pre-school education, which is above the OECD average of 0.9%. However, the percentage at other levels of education, from primary to tertiary, was below the average, the ministry noted.

On the plus side, Slovenians aged from 25 to 34 attain above average levels of education and a higher proportion of women attain tertiary education. Slovenia is also on top by the level of involvement of young people in education. Mandatory education takes nine years, which is the average for OECD.

Teacher salaries for 2020 range from the OECD average of 81% at the pre-primary level to 96% at the upper secondary general programmes when compared to the average annual salary of a fully employed person with tertiary education.

Data for 2019 for Slovenia shows the average salary of teacher at an academically-oriented secondary school was 93% of the average pay, while teachers in upper grades of primary schools received 88% and those in lower grades 86% of average salary. Pre-primary school teachers got 72% of average salary.