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27% Fewer Preschool Children in Last Decade

The Regional Directorate of Statistics of Madeira (DREM), yesterday released its updated Education edition of the “Statistical Atlas of the Autonomous Region of Madeira.” 

One of the highlights from the report shows that in the last ten years, 27% fewer children have been enrolled in pre-school education. DREM also disclosed that, in the region, in the academic year 2019/2020, 117 establishments provided pre-school education, the majority being distributed in the municipality of Funchal (52), Câmara de Lobos (15) and Santa Cruz (13).

Between the 2009/2010 and 2019/2020 school years, the number of establishments providing pre-school education dropped from 178 to 117 (-34.3%), following the downward trend in the number of children enrolled (-26, 9%; from 7,960 to 5,820).

In turn, between the 2013/2014 and 2019/2020 academic years, the number of teachers dropped from 772 to 645, a decline of 16.5%.

The gross preschool rate increased in the region, from 90.0% in 2009/2010 to 103.3% in 2019/2020. In the last academic year under analysis, the proportion of children enrolled in pre-school education, in the total resident population aged between 3 and 5 years, was higher in the municipalities of Funchal (134.2%) and São Vicente (124 .4%). 

It should be noted that the publication now made available by DREM “contains an important contribution from the Education Observatory of the Autonomous Region of Madeira (OERAM), the entity responsible for most of the collection of information contained in this chapter of the Statistical Atlas.

The new education report also includes several general education indicators, made available by OERAM and the General Directorate of Education and Science Statistics (DGEEC), show the evolution of the gross enrollment rate, the retention and dropout rate, the transition/completion rate, number of students, teaching and non-teaching staff, among other indicators, according to pre-school education and basic, secondary and higher education.

Samantha Gannon

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