Statistical report for primary schools - beginning of school year

Period: Annual
Year: 2022

01. Contact
02. Metadata update
03. Statistical presentation
04. Unit of measure
05. Reference Period
06. Institutional Mandate
07. Confidentiality
08. Release policy
09. Frequency of dissemination
10. Accessibility and clarity
11. Quality management
12. Relevance
13. Accuracy and reliability
14. Timeliness and punctuality
15. Coherence and comparability
16. Cost and Burden
17. Data revision
18. Statistical processing
19. Comment

SDMX Download

01. ContactTop
01.1. Contact organisation

Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia

01.2. Contact organisation unit

Group for pre-university education and lifelong learning.

01.3. Contact name

Stefan Živković

01.4. Contact person function

Statistician-analyst, Advisor

01.5. Contact mail address

5 Milana Rakića street, 11000 Belgrade

01.6. Contact email address

01.7. Contact phone number

+381 11 2412922 ext. 285

01.8. Contact fax number

Not applicable.

02. Metadata updateTop
02.1. Metadata last certified
02.2. Metadata last posted
02.3. Metadata last update

03. Statistical presentationTop
03.1. Data description

State of play at the begining of school year by main and additional indicators - number of schools (main and satellite classrooms), number of students by sex and grades and age (regular, children with disabilities and adults who attend primary education), number of classes, number of students who attend inclusive education and number of teachers by sex, working hours and ISCED 1 or 2.

03.2. Classification system

The Internation Standard Classification of Education (ISCED 2011).

03.3. Coverage - sector

Not applicable.

03.4. Statistical concepts and definitions

The survey provide data on status, structure and development of schools and classes, sex and age structure and movement of primary and lower secondary students, students who attend inclusive education (IEP 1 and IEP 2) i teaching stuff executing primary and lower secondary education.

03.5. Statistical unit

Statistical unit is every primary school in the Republic of Serbia.

03.6. Statistical population

Children attending primary and lower secondary education (regular or for children with disabilities), as well as adults who attend schools for primary education for adults.

03.7. Reference area

The data refer to the territory of the Republic of Serbia.

As of 1999, Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia do not collect data for AP Kosovo and Metohia, se they are not included in this data set for the Republic of Serbia (total).

03.8. Coverage - Time

Annually from 2010.

03.9. Base period

Not applicable.

04. Unit of measureTop
04. Unit of measure

Number of students, schools, classes, teachers (in thousands).

05. Reference PeriodTop
05. Reference Period

Schools year.

06. Institutional MandateTop
06.1. Institutional Mandate - legal acts and other agreements
National legislation
- Official Statistics Law
- Resolution on the Programme of official statistics
- Regulation on the Plan of official statistics for the current year
* The above documents are available at SORS website: 
06.2. Institutional Mandate - data sharing

Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia has an agreement on cooperation with a large number of organizations and institutions, both nationally and internationally, with which it exchange information, data and experiences. There is also intensive cooperation between different organizational units within the Office itself.

07. Confidentiality Top
07.1. Confidentiality - policy
Data confidentiality is stipulated by:
- Official Statistics Law (Official Gazette of RS, number 104/2009), Articles 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, and 49. 
- Rulebook on statistical data protection in the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia
( and
- Guidelines on measures of data and information protection in the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia
07.2. Confidentiality - data treatment

All obtained data from units are published on aggregate level. Individual data can be provided exclusively with special authorisation from Director.

08. Release policyTop
08.1. Release calendar
Calendar of releases is available at SORS website on the 1st day of December every year for the forthcoming year (
All SORS releases are launched at 12.00. Any divergence from the defined time schedule are announced in advance and explained in the Calendar.  
08.2. Release calendar access

Calendar of releases is available at SORS website:

08.3. Release policy - user access
The data obtained through statistical surveys are released at the internet presentation (, in the database (, in statistical releases and publications ( 
The results of official statistics are available at the same time to all users on impartial basis; any privileged access by external users before their release is not allowed.  

09. Frequency of disseminationTop
09. Frequency of dissemination

The data are collecting and publishing on annual level.

10. Accessibility and clarityTop
10.1. Dissemination format - News release

Statistical release Primary education - the begining of the school year - end of March.

10.2. Dissemination format - Publications

Not applicable.

10.3. Dissemination format - online database

Database of SORS.

10.4. Dissemination format - microdata access
On request, the access to anonymized microdata is ensured to scientific and research institutions. The request can be placed by email at, or by regular mail addressed at 
5 Milana Rakića St, Belgrade.
For more information, please see
10.5. Dissemination format - other

Not applicable.

10.6. Documentation on methodology

Methodology on primary education is available on SORS' website (

10.7. Quality management - documentation

Not applicable.

11. Quality managementTop
11.1. Quality assurance
The SORS quality management system is relied on the Serbian official statistics mission and vision, as well as on the European Statistics Code of Practice – CoP and the Total Quality Management – TQM principles, which together make the common quality framework of the European Statistical System (ESS).
For more information, please see the documents at
11.2. Quality management - assessment

Not applicable.

12. Relevance Top
12.1. User needs

Various domestic and foreign institutions,

public: ministries, agencies, institutes, other public institutions...

private: enterprises, media, non-governmental organizations...

12.2. User satisfaction

On biennial basis (once in two years), by the means of web interview, implemented is the User Satisfaction Survey. The survey results are available at SORS website:

12.3. Completeness

Not applicable.

13. Accuracy and reliabilityTop
13.1. Overall accuracy

Not applicable.

13.2. Sampling error

Not applicable.

13.3. Non-sampling error

Not applicable.

14. Timeliness and punctualityTop
14.1. Timeliness

Nationally: 7 months for the entire round of creating, collection, processing and data publishing.

For Eurostat: 6 months for delivering all required data (through UOE questionnaire), as of 2014.

14.2. Punctuality

End of March.

15. Coherence and comparabilityTop
15.1. Comparability - geographical

Not applicable.

15.2. Comparability - over time

Data are comparable in series from 2010 with no interuption.

15.3. Coherence - cross domain

Not applicable.

15.4. Coherence - internal

Not applicable.

16. Cost and BurdenTop
16. Cost and Burden

Since it is an annual survey, no significant burden in on reporting units.

17. Data revisionTop
17.1. Data revision - policy
The SORS general revision policy constitutes the global frame ensuring that each statistical domain shall define its own revision policy in compliance with its specific nature. 
The general SORS revision policy determines:
- general rules of revisions of the published data,
- forms of informing users as regards the possible causes of revisions,
- categories of revisions, and
- documents covering all aspects of revisions.
The general SORS revision policy is available at
17.2. Data revision - practice

The published data should be treated as final, unless otherwise stated. Corrections and revisions might occur.

18. Statistical processingTop
18.1. Source data

Statistical report for the begining of the school year is submitted by every primary school (public and private) for main school and classes in ther settlements, if any, including schools for children with disabilities and schools for adult education.

18.2. Frequency of data collection


18.3. Data collection

The main methods are postal and through web application.

18.4. Data validation

All reports go through thorough analysis and logic control before publishing. All discovered errors and vagueness are being rectified in consultation with the reporting unit.

18.5. Data compilation

Not applicable.

18.6. Adjustment

Not applicable.

19. CommentTop
19. Comment

Not applicable.