Spanish teaching 'among the worst in Europe'

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9 November 2004, MADRID-The Spanish education system is among the worst in Europe, according to a UNESCO report.

9 November 2004

MADRID-The Spanish education system is among the worst in Europe, according to a UNESCO report.

Spain was ranked number 26 in the world in terms of how its education system works – the same as Hungary and Trinidad and Tobago.

The UNESCO report, called Education for All, gave each country a ranking according to literacy levels, primary-school levels, the integration of women in learning, and how long children stay in school.

Norway topped the ranking, followed by Denmark, Holland, South Korea and Finland.

In Europe, above Spain were Ireland (17), Greece (21), Poland (7), and Cyprus (18).

Below these countries, were Belgium (8), the UK (13), Sweden (14), and Italy (18).

Beneath Spain, were Hungary (27), Austria (29), Portugal (34), Slovakia and the Czech Republic (36).

In the UNESCO index, Spain rated 96.8, the same as Hungary and Trinidad and Tobago.

In Spain, 8 percent of adults have not passed beyond primary school.

This level is much higher than many other countries.

Another major problem with the Spanish education system is the low level of government spending.

Only 45 percent of the gross domestic product is spent on education – the lowest among all EU countries.

But the report said Spain had a good level of access to education, with 99 percent of children aged six and 12 going to school. The EU average was 96 percent.

The report highlighted the general lack of quality of education across the world.

Koichiro Matsuura, director general of UNESCO, said classroom overcrowding  and the "low-level" of teachers were the main problems.

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