Increase of first-years reflects recent baby boom
This September will see 7,000 more pupils enter first grade at elementary schools than in 2012. In all, 833,000 students will resume or continue school at the elementary level in roughly a fortnight. Of all the students at elementary school, 324,000 will be in grades 1 through 6, the rest in grades 7 – 9. Four hundred and nine thousand youths this year will study at the secondary level, either at high schools or trade schools.