Frankfurt (dpa) - The number of children starting school this autumn in Germany rose by 0.6 per cent to 733.000, the Federal Statistical Office reported on Wednesday.
"This means that the observed rise in school admissions since the 2016-17 academic year is continuing," the statisticians said. Some 4,600 more children started school this year than last.
The rise was most marked in Hamburg, where the increase came in at 3.4 per cent, followed by Berlin at a plus of 3.2 per cent. The north-western state of Schleswig-Holstein saw the largest decline at minus 5 per cent.
Breaking the starters down into types of school, the statisticians said 93.3 per cent of admissions had been to standard primary schools, 3.2 per cent to schools for children with special needs, 2.5 per cent to integrated comprehensive schools and 1.0 per cent to Waldorf schools.
Broken down by gender, there was balance by and large at most schools, while in the special schools there were considerably more boys at 67.9 per cent of the total.