JULY 4 2015 10:10h

About 42,000 first-graders enrolled for new school year in Croatia

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Nearly 42,000 pupils are enrolled in first grade of primary education for the 2015-2016 school year in Croatia, where the minimum age for the first grade is 6 years old, the Education Ministry stated on Friday.

According to the ministry's preliminary data, there will be a total of 41,878 first graders this autumn, which is a mild rise from the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years when there were 40,777 and 41,326 first-graders respectively.

Broken down by region, the City of Zagreb has the highest number of pupils enrolled in first grade, 8,106. It is followed by Split-Dalmatia County (4,678), and Zagreb County (3310).

The lowest number of first -graders will be in the central mountainous region of Lika, 392.