Spain education system shows severe deficiencies

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THE school dropout rate of Spain is twice as high as the European average, says report.

The education system of Spain presents serious deficiencies, according to the study carried out by Save the Children, titled ‘Illuminating their future: investing in education is fighting against childhood poverty.”

The report analysed the coherence of public policies in terms of education of cities and autonomous communities and what measures are taken to avoid social exclusion and poverty.

The study shows that one out of three students has already retaken a whole year at least once by the time they turn 15.

Around 30 per cent of students do not graduate from secondary school and the rate of early school dropout sits at 23.5 per cent, while the average rate in Europe is 12 per cent.

The governments’ investment in education has dramatically fallen between 2007 and 2013 across the country.

In total, the education budget has decreased by 10.94 per cent during said period while the average household expenditure in terms of education has increased by 30.3 per cent between 2006 and 2013, even when average income of families decreased by 10 per cent since 2009.

“This report displays the link between childhood poverty and the lack of equality of education policies. When the opportunities of education of a child in a situation of social exclusion are limited, their possibilities of moving forward and escaping this situation are minimised,” said General Director of Save the Children, Andres Conde.

Other worrying facts are revealed by the study, for instance, that more than half of autonomous communities obtained very negative results in terms of infrastructure quality or that only seven communities reach the level of education services for children between birth and two years old established by the European Union.

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