Spain has highest school dropout rates in EU for fourth year running

Spain’s dropout rate continues to top the EU, but students seeing education through are more numerous than in recent years ... with a considerable gender disparity

LAST UPDATED: 29 Apr, 2015 @ 10:54

SPAIN leads the EU with the highest school dropout rates for the fourth year running, with 21.9% of 18-24 year olds leaving education early.classroom

Men are far more likely to quit than women, with 25.6% of males terminating school early versus just 18.1% of females, according to the latest figures from Eurostat.

While Spain’s overall rate is just under double the EU’s average rate of 11.1%, it is a great improvement on previous years – in 2006, a massive 30.3% students failed to see schooling through.

It has consistently dropped since then until 2014 when the rate was also 21.9%.

The good news is that Spain boasts 42.3% of 30-34 year olds with a university education, marginally higher than the EU average.

The Spanish government’s aim is to persuade Spain’s young people to stay in school and reduce drop outs to 15% by 2020.

After Spain, EU countries with the highest rates of students failing to complete are Malta (20.4%), Romania (18.1%) and Portugal (17.4%) with the lowest dropout in Croatia (5.4%).

The UK sits in the middle with a rate of 11.8% failing to see education through.

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