Wiesbaden (dpa) - In the past year, around 421,000 schoolchildren in Germany have obtained university entrance qualifications. According to preliminary results, that was 2.7 percent less than in 2018, the Federal Statistical Office reported on Wednesday.

This decline was almost parallel to the demographic development - the number of 17 to 20 year olds was 2.1 percent lower at the end of 2019 than in the previous year.

Just under four fifths of those eligible to study received general or subject university entrance qualifications, the remaining 20.8 percent obtained university entrance qualifications. A total of 66.1 percent had graduated from a general education school, 33.9 percent from a vocational school.

The proportion of women among those entitled to study was 53.7 percent. However, there were differences between general and technical college entrance qualifications: the proportion of men with a general or subject-related university entrance qualification was lower than the proportion of women at 45.1 percent, while slightly more men (50.8 percent) achieved the university entrance qualification than women.

Federal Statistical Office