School types in Slovakia:
Slovakia school types by levels:
Most schools in Slovakia are owned by the state, though there are a few church-owned and private schools. Students go to school five days a week, from Monday until Friday. Summer holiday in primary and secondary schools in Slovakia is from the 1st of July until the 31st of August. There is a few days holiday around Christmas and Easter, and on national holidays. Pre-school education in Slovakia is for children from 3 to 6 years old.
Primary education in Slovakia lasts for nine years and is compulsory. It is divided into two stages of for and five years. Children start attending primary school at the age of 6 till 15.
A school year at Slovakia primary and secondary schools consists of two terms. The first term starts on 2nd September and ends at the end of January, the second term starts on 1st February and lasts until 30th June. Primary school students in Slovakia usually have from 4 to 6 classes a day depending on year of study and school type. Secondary school children have usually 5 to 8 classes per day. Classes last for 45 minutes and there are 5-10 min breaks between them. There is a longer break called "big break" when students usually have a snack. Primary and secondary education in Slovakia is free. Most textbooks and instructional material are distributed for free, returned at the end of the school year.
Students at primary and secondary schools in Slovakia receive marks from 1 to 5, 1 is the best, 5 is the worst. They receive school reports at the end of each school term. Primary and secondary education in Slovakia is at a quite high level compared to many countries of the world.
Besides primary and secondary schools, there are afternoon schools for music instruments or painting. After lessons children at primary school can spend their time in youth centres where they can write their homework, draw or play games. The youth clubs in Slovakia are especially useful for children whose parents work and do not wish to leave their children at home by themselves.
Education in Slovakia starts in kindergartens. Pre school education starts at the age of 3, but is not compulsory. Children learn to draw, recite, sing, colours, numbers, information about nature, thing that surround them. At the age of 5, the last year of kindergarten they study geometrical shapes, months of the year, days of week etc. Teachers of Slovakia kindergarten have to have pedagogical education either secondary pedagogical school or university.