Over 12,000 people in Louth left school after primary school

Education in Louth

Donard McCabe

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Donard McCabe

Over 12,000 people in Louth left school after primary school

Over 12,000 people in Louth left school after primary school

Census 2016 figures released by the CSO today, show that in County Louth 12,150 people (15.8% of those aged 15 and over and who had completed their education in Louth) indicated that they had completed their education at primary level/had no formal education.

A further 13,875 or 18% completed their education at lower secondary level in Louth and 22,687 (29.5%) did so at upper secondary level.

Of those aged 15 and over in the county in April 2016, some 28,175 (36.6%) had a third-level qualification. Females accounted for 56.1% of all graduates in Louth, with males comprising 43.9%.

Among females, 10,764 (27.3%) had a third-level degree compared with 8,887 in 2011, while among males, 8,437 (22.5%) had a third-level degree compared with 6,770 in 2011.

Of those aged 3 and over in the county, 42,047 people stated that they could speak Irish, a slight decrease on the 42,106 who stated they could do so in 2011.

They comprised 34.1% of the county’s population, compared with 36.1% in 2011. Nationally, 39.8% of those aged 3 and over indicated that they could speak Irish.

The 1,177 people who spoke Irish daily outside of the education system in Louth, was 20 more than in 2011 (+1.7%).

They comprised 1.0% of the population aged 3 and over, compared with 1.7% at national level.