Report shows bleak view of Spanish education

16th September 2008, Comments 1 comment

Spain has less secondary school and university graduates than other developed countries.

16 September 2008

MADRID -– It is becoming less profitable to have a university degree in Spain. In 2001 university graduates earned on average 73 percent more than graduates of secondary schools, but this has now shrunk to 47 percent, while in most developed countries it is about 60 percent.

This bleak view, described by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in its recent report on education, is worsened by the small number of people between 25 and 64 years of age in Spain who have higher than a high school diploma level (50 percent), in comparison with other countries (68 percent is the OECD average).

The black hole in the Spanish educational system lies in voluntary secondary education.

Only 27 percent of Spaniards between 55 and 64 years of age have a high school or vocational school diploma, while the OECD average is 55 percent. However, progress has been made: 64 percent of young people between 25 and 34 now have such qualifications in Spain, against 78 percent in the OECD.

The government's objective for 80 percent of the population to have a secondary or vocational school diploma is crucial for the population and for the market.

[El Pais / Expatica]

1 Comment To This Article

  • Alan Martin posted:

    on 21st September 2008, 23:51:12 - Reply

    The totally ungrammatical headline to this article speaks volumes! Spain does not "graduate...students"; if anything, students graduate in Spain. In case you hadn't noticed, "students" is a plural word, so try the quantifier FEWER (LESS is used with uncountable nouns.)