OECD Education at a glace show Sweden, Finland fares well in education diversity, UK lags
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development,
(OECD) believes that countries need an increasingly educated and
skilled workforce to succeed in today’s knowledge economy. This comes
after today's Education at a glace report which shed light on how some
leading countries of the organisation prepare to attain a skilled work
force in that manner.
The report holds that Australia, Finland, Ireland and Sweden have the highest success rates in the OECD for
young people with poorly-educated parents attaining a tertiary degree.
But in Italy, Portugal, Turkey and the United States, more than 40% of
young people from low educational backgrounds have not completed upper
secondary education, and less than 20% have attained tertiary
“Investing from an early age is crucial to lay the foundations of later
success. High quality education and skills have to be among the number
one priorities for governments, for economies and for societies.
Supporting the poorest and ensuring equal access is another important
pillar in an inclusive education policy strategy,” says the OECD
Secretary-General Angel Gurrķa in the report.
it by country, Schools in the UK are among the most socially segregated
in the developed world, according to the OECD education report. The
OECD report warns disadvantaged children are too often concentrated
together in schools. This applies both to the children of poorly
educated parents and to those of immigrant families.
These latest figures, which are from 2010, reveal the UK has unusually
high levels of "segregation" in terms of poorer and migrant families
being clustered in the same schools, rather than being spread across
The increasing costs of entry to higher education for many families may
impede countries’ own goals of increasing educational attainment in
their populations, warns the OECD.
Education at a Glance provides comparable national statistics about
education for the 34 OECD member countries, as well as Argentina,
Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
This year’s report includes indicators on public and private spending
on education, tuition fees, adult participation in education, class
sizes, teacher salaries, and decision -making powers of schools, and
analysis of national exam systems and the criteria for attending
by Scancomark.com Team