According to a recent report by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the primary school student population in Taiwan will decline by an average of 20,000 per year between 2022 and 2037, as the country continues to struggle with declining birth rates. .
According to the report released last week, there will be only 867,000 students enrolled in elementary schools in Taiwan by 2037, down 40.5 percent from 2011.
In the secondary school system, the number of junior high school students is expected to decline by 8,800 a year over the next 15 years to 446,000 by 2037, he added.
High schools will see their number of students drop by around 10,400 per year during the same period to register only 463,000 in 2037.
The declining trend in Taiwan’s student population may be less important for higher education because there are more diverse sources of students, the ministry said.
Universities could see their number of freshmen decline by 2,900 each year from 2022 and fall to 177,000 by 2037, the report said.
Taiwan recorded a population decline for the first time in 2020 as it continued to struggle with a low birth rate and an aging population.
The country’s total population stood at 23,196,178 at the end of May, down 1.29 percent or 302,892 people from the same month last year, according to the latest government figures.