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Private schools in Lebanon: Religiously affiliated schools in Lebanon

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The following conclusions can be made from Table 1:

- The Maronite community has the largest number of schools in Lebanon, and the largest number of students compared to other Christian and Islamic confessions. Their schools make up 18.4% of private schools in Lebanon, and their students 30% of all students in private schools.

- In second place comes the Sunni confession in terms of the number of schools (102), whereas the Shia’a confession comes in second place in terms of its number of students (52,627).

- A comparison between the confessions shows that the Maronite confessions owns 44% of religiously affiliated schools and have 51.2% of students.

- Religiously affiliated schools account for 41.1% of private schools, 58.1% of all students in private schools, and 34% of school students in Lebanon (the number of students is 911,314).

Private-free and private Lebanese schools affiliated to religious confessions Table 1
Confession # of private-free schools # of students in private-free schools # of private schools # of students in private schools % of schools compared to total number of private-free schools % of students compared to total number of students in private-free schools % of schools compared to total number of private schools % of students compared to total number of students in private schools Total # of religiously affiliated schools Total # of students in religiously affiliated schools
Maronites 84 28,821 172 129,787 23 25 16.80 31 256 158,608
Orthodox 3 365 12 10,447 0.82 0.31 1.20 2.50 15 10,812
Catholics 16 4,761 33 16,350 4.40 4.10 3.20 3.90 49 21,111
Armenian 6 1,253 16 4,225 1.60 1 1.50 1 22 5,478
Evangelical 1 151 22 13,637 0.27 0.13 2.10 3.20 23 13,788
Sunni 42 11,651 60 28,221 11.50 10.10 5.80 6.70 102 39,872
Shia’a 33 16,466 53 36,161 9 14.20 5.10 7.60 86 52,627
Druze 9 2,889 10 4,322 2.40 2.50 0.97 1 19 7,211
Total 194 66,357 378 243,150 53.30 57.60 36.90 58.20 572 309,507
Source: International Information based on the statistical bulletin issued by the Center for Education Research and Development 2005-2006

Note: According to the statistics of the year 2005-2006, the number of private-free schools was 364 with a total number of 115,254 students and the number of private schools 1,025, with 417,409 students.