How is education in Switzerland?

What about the education of the Swiss

More and more people have a higher education, at the same time the corresponding demand in the labor market is increasing. This is a finding from the latest report on the Swiss education system.

330 pages, more than 500 educational policy issues: The 2018 report presents the Swiss educational landscape in a previously unseen level of detail. The team led by the Bern-based education economist Stefan Wolter processed hundreds of statistics and studies on behalf of the federal government and the cantons. This results in a detailed overview of the current state of the education system and of any remaining knowledge gaps. The education report is primarily a working tool for education experts and politicians, but it also allows general statements. The most important one is that the level of education in Switzerland, measured in terms of qualifications, is constantly increasing. According to Stefan Wolter, “not only do more and more people have a tertiary qualification, these qualifications are still in demand on the labor market as much as they were twenty years ago”.

Further central findings are: The goal of 95 percent of all young people achieving an upper secondary level (apprenticeship or Matura) is still not met; in the next 10 to 20 years the number of schoolchildren will increase significantly; Despite Harmos, the differences between the cantons remain large; and there is still an inequality of opportunity in the education system for young people from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and with a migration background.

More children, more teachers

The number of children in elementary school has been increasing again since 2017, after falling steadily for 10 to 15 years. In 2025, the number of students is forecast to be greater than ever before. This also increases the need for teachers: According to the education report, around 2000 more teachers will be needed in 2025 than in 2015. Additional investments in infrastructure will also be necessary.

This will be particularly pronounced in the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Zurich: there, the number of pupils will rise by 22 and 18 percent respectively, while they will likely decrease slightly in Uri and Neuchâtel. The heterogeneous development according to cantons is the result of international and intercantonal immigration or emigration.

School numbers are aiming for the highest level

Reference scenario, index 2015 = 100
Primary 1-2 (Kindergarten)