In the master’s thesis we summarized key features of Slovenian education system with an emphasis on private primary schools and their financing. The field of private primary education financing is a very topical issue, and precisely during the time of our research new legislation was being prepared that would change the regulation, organization, terms and criteria for establishing and financing of private schools in Slovenia.
Private education is an integral part of education systems worldwide, while the methods and amount of financing private schools from public funds vary greatly between national systems. Purpose of the master’s thesis was to list different opinions, standpoints, and based on overview of literature, statistical data and financial indicators, determine how private primary education is regulated in Slovenia, the extend of private education, the share of public funds that is allocated for financing private primary schools, and compare the data with four European countries.
It was determined that the extent of private elementary education in Slovenia is much smaller than in comparing countries, with less than 1% of Slovenian primary school students attending private schools. It is worrying that Slovenia of all comparing countries allocates the lowest amount of public expenditures of all public expenditures for education. The share of public funds individual countries allocate for private primary schools is higher than Slovenia’s in Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Private education is a part of Slovenian education system, and the right to choose is one of the fundamental human rights. Based on the research we determined that knowledge is a great value, and that a lot of investment is needed in education if we want to achieve good results and can say that the system is effective.