Less than two thirds of Spaniards complete school

11th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 November 2005, BRUSSELS — Spain has one of the worst records in Europe for pupils finishing secondary education, a European Commission report said.

11 November 2005

BRUSSELS — Spain has one of the worst records in Europe for pupils finishing secondary education, a European Commission report said.

Only 61 percent of pupils in Spain attend school until the age of 16.

Only Portugal and Malta had worse records, with 39 percent and 49 percent respectively completing secondary education.

The report by the EU said though the average percentage of pupils who left school early was 15, in five years it should be 10 percent.

But in Spain figures showed the number of pupils quitting school was rising.

In 2003 it stood at 28 percent, but rose to 31pc in 2004.

And even countries like Malta and Portugal had shown some improvement during the same time, unlike Spain.

Nordic countries showed the lowest number of pupils leaving early, though in Poland the figure was only 5 percent and in the Czech Republic it stood at 6 percent.

Another objective is to reduce the number of children who still have problems reading at the age of 15.

The European average stood at 19.8 percent in 2003, and this had fallen slightly to 19.4 by last year.

But it Spain it had risen from 16 percent in 2003 to 21 percent in 2004.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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