Diplomas: secondary education

The total number of young people (aged 12-24 years) awarded a diploma after passing final exams in secondary education.

The numbers of young people passing school exams are based on the exam results register of the education inspectorate collected by the Information Management Group (IB-Groep). This register contains the exam details of more than  95 percent of all school exam candidates.

The number of young people with a secondary education diploma includes all people who passed final exams in preparatory secondary vocational education  (vmbo), senior general secondary education (havo) or pre-university education (vwo).

The figures in this publication refer to young people who pass exams in mainstream schools. Candidates who withdraw and those sitting state exams are not included.

This indicator does not include practical education and vmbo sections of agricultural schools in school years 2003/’04 to 2005/'06. As a result the figures may deviate from those presented by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Figures on vmbo sections of agricultural schools are included from 2006/'07.

The data refer to school years. 2005 is school year 2005/'06. The figures on passes refer to the situation at the end of the school year.

All figures are rounded to the nearest 10. As a result of rounding total figures may not exactly equal the sum of the separate figures.

Data available from school year 2003/'04.

Source: Statistics Netherlands, Education Statistics.