Slovenia has a high literacy rate. For the year 2000, adult illiteracy was estimated at 0.3% (males, 0.3%; females, 0.4%). There were 824 primary schools and 98,866 primary students in 1997. At the secondary level, 14,573 teachers taught 14,573 students in the same year. The pupil-teacher ratio at the primary level was estimated at 14 to 1 in 1999. In the same year, an estimated 94% of primary-school-age children were enrolled in school, while 90% of those eligible attended secondary school.
In Slovenia there are two universities located at Ljubljana and Maribor. The University of Ljubljana, founded in 1919, has 25 faculties. The University of Maribor has a faculty for teaching, a faculty for economics and business, and a faculty for technology. There are also two colleges attached to it. In 1997, 51,009 pupils were enrolled in higher-level education; teaching staff totaled 3,907. As of 1999, public expenditure on education was estimated at 5.8% of GDP.