Germany slips to 15th place in education spending

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14 September 2004 , BERLIN - Germany has slipped from 10th place to 15th among the world's leading industrial nations in terms of spending per student and could fall even further amid budget cutbacks for education, the business daily Handelsblatt reported. The paper cited data from an Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report due to be published Tuesday in Berlin showing that in recent years Germany has been overtaken by France, Japan, Finland, Belgium and the Netherlands in educa

14 September 2004

BERLIN - Germany has slipped from 10th place to 15th among the world's leading industrial nations in terms of spending per student and could fall even further amid budget cutbacks for education, the business daily Handelsblatt reported.

The paper cited data from an Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report due to be published Tuesday in Berlin showing that in recent years Germany has been overtaken by France, Japan, Finland, Belgium and the Netherlands in education spending.

The ranking was based on data from OECD countries in the year 2001, so that amid the ongoing cutbacks in German states' spending on education, the situation has probably worsened since then, Handelsblatt pointed out.

The OECD report, comparing data from 1995 and 2001, noted that the share of German public budgets for education remained unchanged at 9.7 percent. But in this period, the overall average among the 30-nation OECD rose from 9.7 percent to 12.7 percent.

Andreas Schleicher, education affairs expert for the OECD, told the German public television network ZDF that Germany must invest more in education.

"It is not just about money, but really rather ... that education should receive a central role in society," he told ZDF.

DPA

Subject: German news

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