Only 13% of students on professional courses go on to higher education

Beja, Moura and Mértola are the municipalities that have the highest percentages of students who stop studying as soon as they finish secondary education

Around 22 thousand young people stopped studying when they finished their professional course in 2022, according to data from the Directorate-General of Statistics, which indicate that only six thousand continued their studies for higher education.

The General Directorate of Education and Science Statistics (DGEEC) followed the young people's journey one year after finishing secondary education and has now released the results, which show that only 13% of students on professional courses continue to study.

The publication “Transition between secondary education and higher education 2021/22 – 2022/23” reveals that 28.582 students completed their secondary vocational course in the summer of 2022 and, one year later, only 6.403 were enrolled in a higher education institution ( IES).

Only 13% continued to study, with more than 22 thousand left out, according to data from DGEEC, which shows that there are several courses in which the vast majority of students do not continue their studies.

Among the areas in which more than 90% of students were not found studying in higher education are courses in Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologies, Beauty Care, Hotel and Restaurant Management, but also “Materials”, which encompasses Wood and Cork Industries. , Paper, Plastic or Glass.

In addition to these areas, there are the only eight students who finished the Crafts course in 2022 and that summer they finished their studies, as well as the only five Floriculture and Gardening students, who were also not studying in 2023. In these two cases , 100% of students were not “found studying at HEIs”, according to the tables provided by DGEEC.

Statistics also reveal that among students on scientific-humanistic courses, the situation is diametrically opposite: Almost 56 thousand students finished secondary school in 2022 and more than 42 thousand (85%) were, in the following year, attending an educational institution higher.

Another difference is in the type of training they follow: If 91% of students on humanistic and scientific courses pursued a course that leads to a higher degree (degree), in the case of students on professional courses, half follow Higher Professional Technical courses (CTeSP).

Eight out of every ten students studying Science and Technology (81%) and Socioeconomic Sciences (80%) were on courses equivalent to degrees, followed by Visual Arts students (65% were attending a higher education course) and Languages ​​and Humanities (59% of the total).

In an analysis of the regions with the most students studying, Guarda and Bragança appear, where only 17% of young people did not go on to higher education, as opposed to Setúbal (33%), Faro and Lisbon (the latter two with 29% of students outside higher education).

Analyzing the different municipalities, cases such as Alcácer do Sal, in Setúbal, can be highlighted, where the majority of students (55%) did not continue their studies. '

Beja, Moura and Mértola are also the municipalities that have the highest percentages of students who stop studying as soon as they finish secondary education (43% and 39%, respectively).

In Braga, more than half of the students from Terras do Bouro (53%) only completed secondary education, with only 19 young people in the population.

In Penamacor, Castelo Branco, 48% were not found in any higher education institution and in Vendas Novas (Évora), 41% of the 101 students did not study further after finishing secondary school, in 2022.