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September 2019 - Evolution of the school population in the Brussels Region over 30 years

Brussels Institute for Statistics and Analysis (BISA) - In the Spotlight - Evolution of the Brussels school population in nursery, primary and secondary education.

Source: BISA, French Community, Flemish Community[1]
 

The graph above shows the evolution of the Brussels school population in nursery, primary and secondary education. Taking all levels together, the school population in Brussels increased by more than 55,000 pupils between the school years 1990-1991 and 2017-2018. This represents an average increase of 2,000 students per year. In reality, this growth occurred at different rates from one year to the next.
 

19,000 more children in pre-school

The Brussels nursery population increased from 39,226 pupils in 1990-1991 to 58,274 pupils in 2017-2018, an increase of approximately 19,000 pupils. However, the pre-school population dropped over two periods: between 1996-1997 and 1998-1999 and over the last two years observed, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. Growth was strongest between 2003-2004 and 2015-2016. In 2015-2016, the school population was at its peak, with almost 60,000 pupils enrolled in Brussels nursery schools.
 

22,500 more primary school students

The Brussels primary school population increased from 76,529 pupils in 1990-1991 to 99,135 pupils in 2017-2018, an increase of approximately 22,500 pupils. However, it began with a decrease of 1,500 students between 1990-1991 and 1993-1994. The Brussels Region then saw a continuous growth in its primary school population, with a peak since 2009-2010. Indeed, the primary schools of Brussels welcomed 15,000 additional pupils between 2009-2010 and 2017-2018. This means that two thirds of the increase between 1990-1991 and 2017-2018 occurred over the last nine years.
 

13,500 more secondary school students

The Brussels secondary school population increased from 84,278 pupils in 1990-1991 to 97,911 pupils in 2017-2018, an increase of approximately 13,500 pupils. In reality, this school population only began to increase in the 2000-2001 school year. In the first ten years, between 1990-1991 and 2000-2001, it decreased to its lowest level of 80,500 students in 1999-2000. It then increased sharply between 2000-2001 and 2006-2007 and has continued to grow at a slower rate ever since.
 

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[1] The data used applies to the number of pupils enrolled in a nursery, primary or secondary school in the Brussels Region, organised and/or subsidised by the French Community or the Flemish Community. The data was recorded by school year, from the 1990-1991 school year to the 2017-2018 school year.